Monthly Archives: May 2012

“No-see-ums” but you ‘feel-um’

Recently Tim & I went out with a group of friends to an outdoor beach bar & grill.  It was a great time, a little overcast, but sometimes that’s a nice change from all the intense sun we get here.  I’d say we were there for a good 4 hours chatting, snacking, people watching, and enjoying the live music with the incredible view of Shoal Bay….

That same night after dinner both Tim and I had extremely itchy feet.  I’m talking the kind of itch that no scratching can ease.  What the heck??  I don’t remember being bit by any mosquitos.  Upon examining my feet more closely, I see tons of little tiny red bumps…almost like a rash and too small to be mosquito bites.  Turns out these are from tiny sand flies or “no-see-ums” as some locals call them.  (Enter forehead slap here)

I think almost everyone we were out with has these bites on their feet and lower legs…the only relief I found has been to stand in the ocean.  The salt water is helpful with the itch but I can’t stay in the ocean 24/7.  This led me to research online.  Here’s what I found so far:  baking soda and water in paste form works for a while.  You can also slice a lemon or lime and squeeze the juice on the bite to help dry it out.  Witch hazel is another one I tried.  Nothing holds for too long.  It’s been 2 days and they still itch like new….if anyone knows how to soothe these crazy “no-see-um” bites, please, fill me in.



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