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ECpizza
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06/06/2014 11:45PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
A few years ago, I stopped treating bug bites on the skin, and started taking an alergy pill instead. In my head it works, so regardless I will keep doing it.

But...

Is it in my head, or is there science to it?

FWIW I started doing it when I noticed that my tripmates had little bumps from the black fies, and I had huge red welts. I did notice one of my skin treatments used the same ingredient.
 
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ECpizza
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06/06/2014 11:52PM  
Well to answer my own question, and I should have looked it up before posting (sorry)...

Yes. According to the company website, and the Mayo Clinic.
 
OldFingers57
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06/07/2014 07:51PM  
yes it does work for bug bites. Insect bites and Benadryl
 
amariette
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06/09/2014 12:04PM  
Makes sense to me. Most of what people physically experience in response to an insect bite is the bodies allergic reaction. An antihistamine makes perfect sense in that case. I am one who has rather exaggerated response to insect bites and Benadryl has worked for me as well.
 
OldFingers57
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06/09/2014 08:41PM  
We use it for Allergic reactions from insect bites out on the ambulances along with Epinephrene if really severe.
 
ECpizza
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06/09/2014 10:07PM  
Would be nice to get epi-pens for wilderness first aid kits without "bending the rules".

 
Canoearoo
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06/09/2014 10:50PM  
quote ECpizza: "Would be nice to get epi-pens for wilderness first aid kits without "bending the rules".


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Yes I have always thought that. It might have saved that
women rafter in the grand canon this week.
 
OldFingers57
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06/10/2014 08:11AM  
quote Canoearoo: "quote ECpizza: "Would be nice to get epi-pens for wilderness first aid kits without "bending the rules".



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Yes I have always thought that. It might have saved that
women rafter in the grand canon this week. "


I would think a commercial rafting company would be able to get an Epi-pen for their FAK. All they would need to do is go to a local MD and get a prescription for one.
 
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