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.