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Oatmeal for Mosquito bites

Posted by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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Calm Mosquito Bites with Oatmeal

Suspect you’re a mosquito magnet? According to experts at Yale University, everyone’s body gives off a steady stream of 4-methylphenol, an organic compound that mosquitoes can smell from over 100 yards away. That means you don’t need to be perspiring heavily to turn into a bug banquet. The good news: While their itchy bites typically hang around a week or more, you can cut your healing time to as little as three days just by soaking for 20 minutes nightly in an oatmeal bath.

Why it Works: Oats are rich in avenanthramides, which are plant compounds that naturally kick-start healing and reduce redness and itching, say researchers at Britain’s East Surrey Hospital. While you can find quick-dissolving oatmeal baths in any pharmacy, you can save a couple of bucks by making your own mix. Simply, grind up one cup of instant oatmeal until it’s a super fine powder and stir it into a tepid bath. Soak in the milky cocktail once daily until you get relief.


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LifeCafe42
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM
Luckily I'm not allergic to their venom but I will pass this to my friend who eats her alive
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GrandmaSherry
by on Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Mosquitoes love me.....but I have been blessed this year to avoid them.  Of course, its been so hot that I have mostly stayed indoors.

I will remember the oatmeal tip, though...thanks!

tyfry7496
by Janet on Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:29 PM
My son is allergic, thanks for the info!
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amonkeymom
by Amy on Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Wish I'd thought of this when we were invaded by mosquitos a couple of weeks ago.

LancesMom
by Member on Aug. 14, 2011 at 8:06 AM

There terrible here right now. I fell like if I am out at night, I attract the whole counties in seconds!

Mommyto2LilMen
by Tina on Aug. 14, 2011 at 9:58 AM
Thank you so much for the tip, with all the rain we have a LOT of mosquitoes and bites here!!
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Jess1231
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM
That's neat, thanks
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auroragold
by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

 good to know!

sunshine86912
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

aveeno oatmeal bath stuff we have used before for the itches

TigerofMu
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Oatmeal helps a lot with the itchies!

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