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Beating Bug Bites and Burns

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Summer is the season of bites and burns. Mosquitoes, fire ants, plants, large stars around which the earth orbits — all trouble-makers when it comes to our delicate skin.

People (and probably lots of animals, too) have been fighting against these bites and burns since, I presume, the dawn of human existence. Like most things, we seem to be slowly getting better at accomplishing our goal.

A company called Coastal Solutions has developed a product called Bite Blaster, a bite-burn-and-itch remedy it describes as “military strength.” The manufacturers claim “Bite Blaster contains the maximum over-the-counter dose of lidocaine, the medicine that hospital burn units use. It instantly ends sting or bite pain, and also stops itching and irritation like nothing else.”

Sounds awesome. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s a whole line of other similar products, including Jellyfish Squish, Fire Ant Coolant and Chigger Chaser.

Additionally, this article from Natural Health Web shares a pile of natural remedies for sunburn, poison ivy and bug bites. Some of the more interesting suggestions: amino acids in Brazil nuts can help alleviate damage caused by sunburn and rubbing fresh basil leaves helps ease the burn of a bee sting.

Photo courtesy of James Jordon on Flickr