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Bug bites and rashes got you down? Here are 6 remedies

Friday, August 5th 2022, 9:00 am - Sometimes prevention fails. We're here to help.

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When it comes to getting through bug season, we’re big on prevention here at Shop The Weather, whether you’re guarding against biting black flies, or trying to keep mosquitos at bay. But even the best prepared of us have to deal with bites or stings eventually – and you can spend a whole camping trip evading the critters only to blunder into a patch of poison ivy – so what we have for you today are our picks for soothing those itches, rashes and pains.

Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool

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Often, the simplest solutions are best, and you don’t get more simple than this extractor from Bug Bite Thing (yes, that’s the manufacturer’s real name). It’s just a simple suction tool, designed to suck out the toxins from the bite or sting, easing the ordeal somewhat. For bee stings, they even had the foresight to include a pair of scrapers on the side, the better to scrape the stinger out before trying to extract the venom. Just the kind of neat, practical, multifunctional design we like here at Shop The Weather.

What else we liked:

  • Comes in a pack of two
  • Includes keychain hole
  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 7,000 reviews

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bite away - Insect Sting and Bite Relief

Insect bite sting relief Amazon Amazon.ca

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Here’s another chemical-free option we like, particularly for mosquito bites, from bite away. It provides a brief burst of heat at the site of the bite, which helps ease the swelling and other local symptoms. The localized heat burst can be jarring for some, but it’s not hot enough to burn or cause any real damage, and most of those who reviewed it on Amazon.ca say relief was swift.

What else we liked:

  • Can set heat burst for three or five-second duration, depending on your needs
  • Includes two AA batteries
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 4,200 reviews

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BuzzPatch Magic Patch Itch Patches

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A bit less high-tech, but still tried and true: These small patches from BuzzPatch are meant to ease the itching when applied to the site of the bite, by relying on the patchwork design rather than any inherent chemicals or other topical substances. The manufacturer says it can relieve itches in under a minute, and can remain on for up to seven days – perfect for younger members of their family likely to scratch the site and delay healing.

What else we liked:

  • Safe for babies, toddlers and small children (and adults too, of course)
  • Pack includes 27 patches
  • Rated 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 500 reviews

Tecnu Rash Relief Anti-itch Prevention Spray

Anti itch spray Amazon Amazon.ca

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Though we prefer simpler fare, we’re not against sprays and creams when dealing with outdoor-incurred rashes and bites – sometimes, a topical remedy works great. From what we’ve seen from reviews of this spray from Tecnu, it fits the bill perfectly. Though its developers largely talk about rashes from poison ivy and poison oak, it seems to work on bug bites in a pinch, and has the added benefit of not needing contact with the affected area. Just spray-on, and off you go.

What else we liked:

  • Allows relief without touching the affected area
  • Also effective against heat rashes and minor cuts and scrapes
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5, based on more than 3,400 reviews

Grandma's Poison Ivy Soap Bar

Poison Ivy Soap Amazon Amazon.ca

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Beyond sprays and creams, a spot of soap can help you endure the itching from plant-based rashes. Aside from the simplicity of the package design (I’m a sucker for simplicity), this version, from Grandma’s, also can help insect bites as well (we do stress, however: this soap and others like it are meant to offer temporary relief, so if symptoms persist, consult a medical professional).

What else we liked:

  • Offers temporary relief from plant-based rashes and itching
  • Includes colloidal oatmeal
  • Highly regarded by users who bought it from Amazon.ca, where it has a 4.7 out of 5 rating, based on more than 400 reviews

Domeboro Astringent Powder

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When managing the itching and rash from poisonous plants, a good, old-fashioned soaking of the affected area can be effective, so long as you’re patient. This product from Domeboro includes 12 packets per carton, and provides relief from the symptoms, as helps dry the area out to speed healing.

What else we liked:

  • Can be used in soaks or compresses
  • Effective against rashes from poison plants as well as a variety of insect bites
  • Rated 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on almost 1,000 reviews

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