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Aren't good black flies all supposed to be dead by now? - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Aren't good black flies all supposed to be dead by now?
Agh. I thought black fly season was spring through July-Augustish. I hadn't seen a swarm for a while. But on my way to the polling place, I walked smack into a swarm.

I spent all my attention batting them away from my face. So of course, my lower legs were totally clear, and I now have about fifteen black fly bites. The local ones, as far as I know, don't carry any particular disease, but I'm allergic to their venom, and my legs look mountain ranges. The anti-itch cream... she does nothing.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 21st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try Benedryl. It may make you sleepy, but it does reduce swelling.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 21st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
And itching.
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: September 21st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was about to say the same thing. Benedryl's the only thing that keep mosquito bites from swallowing me whole.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: September 21st, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find some anti-histamines help with reaction to insect bites... might be worth a try. Another thing which is pretty good is 'Witch Doctor' (a cooling gel containing witch hazel, hence the name), but you probably can't get that in the States.
chienar From: chienar Date: September 21st, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
could try benadryl cream instead of tablets/capsule. should't make you so sleepy.
etherealizabeth From: etherealizabeth Date: September 21st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you don't want to go the benadryl route, go to your local health food store and pick up some fennel. you can get it in an oil or capsules...and sometimes, if you're lucky, a cream. that helps a lot.
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: September 22nd, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch!
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: September 23rd, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
a-=ha! eureka! i'm arleady wondering why the favourite/recomendd cream I usually used on bites the reverse thing this time and turned the whole thing into a messy kind of rash (i mean if you wanted to seem the 'hunh' look on my face for that-one. Well I made a wtf post about it.) and after two people saying 'those aren't muscito bites' and the second being my dad who said' that must have been those aggressive flies."
*lightbulb* heh...
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