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Old 06-21-2018, 02:54 PM   #1
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Mosquito bite treatment - Therapik

We were introduced to a mosquito bite treatment device last year by our fishing guide in the British Columbia Cariboo region. He told us the Therapik reduced swelling and itching and after having used one for a couple of trips into mosquito country we can confirm that it does this for us as well. Apparently it also helps with black fly bites. I am a skeptic but had to admit that it really reduced swelling and itching. It is available in B.C. from our big outdoor store Mountain Equipment Co. for $16.50 Canadian and operates on a 9 volt battery.

I believe the device uses a light/heat beam to neutralize the mosquito’s anticoagulant that we are react to. The anticoagulant the mosquito injects to keep blood flowing is a protein and therefore heat labile. Heat denatures (destroys) it.

If you expect to be bitten by these pests give this device a try. Our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters also claimed it helped when we last camped with them.

Here is a link to MEC's ad for it:
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5012-4...Bite-Treatment

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Years ago...many of them...my great aunt told me to use a bit of saliva on a bite. It has always worked to relieve the itching but all of my spitting is of little use keeping them away. There are products for that.
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:33 AM   #3
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It's also sold in the U.S. through WalMart. Since I seem to attract every mosquito within 10 miles, I ordered a couple and will report on how they work for someone that's a 'skeeter magnet' Thanks for posting!
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:34 AM   #4
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I found for me years ago, if I just let the bites alone and not touch them, the itch and swelling would go away shortly, which is good because I don't ever wear mosquito poison on my skin.

Little sand flies on the other had, especially the ankle biters, do cause me irritation. Maybe this would work for their bites?
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Mosquitoes blackflies and other such pests bother me as much as anyone else when they are biting. However, I am fortunate in that I very rarely have a reaction of any kind after being bitten. Probably due to the natural extremely high alcohol content of my blood!
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Wonder if it would work on chigger bites. Being a northerner, I never ran into them until a trip to Florida. Man, are they nasty!
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Wonder if it would work on chigger bites. Being a northerner, I never ran into them until a trip to Florida. Man, are they nasty!



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I don't know about those chigger bugs, and I'm told that Thermapik doesn't work on spider bites, but it certainly works for mosquito bites. I was fishing this past week with the same guide that recommended it to me (he's also a fly fishing author) and he again told me how much he values it. So I do NOT have any shares in the company marketing it. I thought that based on our experience I just had to share it on our forum. I swell up a bit with mosquito bites and the next day they are hardly noticeable. Treating them with this device is worthwhile for me even for the one day. My wife, on the other hand, swells up terribly and the swelling and itching persists for a couple of days at least. Using the Thermapik kept the bites from swelling big and reduce the itch significantly.

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Thermapik "Temperatures of 50° to 60°C at the skin's surface (about as hot as you can handle) generate the necessary heat to act on the venom under the skin."


When I was a kid, my Mom would heat up a metal spoon over a match and then hold the bowl of the spoon on bites that I had gotten. Sounds like it works on the same heat principle.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:29 PM   #10
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You reminded my husband of something Donna ... In the "old days" whenever he or his brothers had a bite, his parents would blow tobacco smoke on the affected area. They even did it when he was stung by a scorpion at George AFB. Wonder if people still do that today.
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