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Post by Dr Stefan Rustscheff »

Actually, paul. I seem to remember that Paediatricians used to give that advice to mothers with eczema-ridden kids, so, yes, it has a point in it, even from a medical point of view. If you have an uncontrollable itch You WILL scratch in Your sleep and that will worsen the release of histamines and worsen the itch.
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Yes!!!! Thank you, Dr.Stefan - so, all you Doubting Thomases who thought I was being rude owe me an apology.

A case of Carib will do nicely, thank you! :wink:
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Hmmmph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vindication !!

I will add Dr Stefan's important contribution to my research.

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as a medical proffessional ive always been curious on how to stop the little blighters! ther is no hard and fast solution due varying skin types and of course the different strains of insects also time of year effects too (thats just my own theory) This is my concoction lavender and citronella oil diluted in a carrier oil one keeps them away the other soothes the itch if you do get bitten anti histamine as like for heyfever allergy will help the infernal temptation to scratch. if you cant ressist rub tiger balm (bit pricey) into the bite it works well. Gin is not as daft as it sounds used by officers in India as it contains Quinnine
I take garlic tablets vit b complex some people say specificly b1 lots of conflict over this im not sure(any one offer help) This time as im getting married ive got the ultimate weapon.... the future mother in law they are bound to ravage her and leave me alone!!! hee hee

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Post by Gisela Grell »

Dear all,

just arived back from wonderful holidays in Tobago I'm still counting my mossie bites and gave up at 80.... Trying to remember all your good advices they still saw me coming and found me through moscito net and citronella oil :?
Now back home the last bites are still itching. The only thing I could find to ease this was something called 'Hawaiian Tropic Cool ALOE I.C.E.' Can't remember where I bought this but must been somewhere in Tobago some years ago. It is a clear bottle with a green/blue fluid and contains aloe and camphor.

The other thing was to have enough Carib just to feel more relaxed and don't care about the mossies :wink:

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Gisella,did you drink Castara dry,or can i still go there?!! :wink:
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David (Bude Cool Boy!),

I guess I left one or two Carib for you :P and I'm sure they will have filled it up until you go there.

Take care and

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Are sand flies 'seasonal' in their attendance on the beach, as we are off in a couple of weeks. Last time, in October, there did not seem to be any (or perhaps I did not know about them!!)

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Hello Alex

Now there's an interesting question.

I don't know, is the honest answer. Yes, I imagine that they are probably worse during the wet season or after rainfall, but I don't know that for fact. The bottom line is that some people are troubled by them and some people never get a single bite. They may be present at one end of a beach and no sign at the other end. What I do know is that they are always at their most active in the hour before sunset. If you haven't been troubled before and are going back to the same places, then there's a good chance you will escape again.
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hi Steve,

Fingers crossed then!! starting to get things gently together now (the Mrs has decided that January in the uk is the best time to buy a new swimming cossie!!), and beach umbrellas seem to be off the shelf at the local shops (odd eh!!)

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they usually eat me rare when I am on the beach in the morning before the sun has hit the sand and as steve said in the evening when the sun looses power. also the few days we just had when no sun came out at all. so it seems they just don't like the heat of the sun... and the waterline, thats where I spend most of the time to avoid them...
enjoy and don't let them bother you!

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Brian Taylor wrote:they usually eat me rare when I am on the beach in the morning before the sun has hit the sand and as steve said in the evening when the sun looses power. also the few days we just had when no sun came out at all. so it seems they just don't like the heat of the sun... and the waterline, thats where I spend most of the time to avoid them...
enjoy and don't let them bother you!

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thanks Steph. It sounds like the flies and I may dance around each other then, as I dont have too many intentions to be on the beach befoe the sun, and hopefully in a bar somewhere when the sun goes down :)

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Brian Taylor wrote:don't let them bother you!
I wont, I'll just bite back! 8)

8 DAYS TO GO, OMG!!!!! \:D/

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I'm waiting to see you bite them :lol:
I see the dogs try on the beach, biting their own tail.... :wink:

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Sandflies & Mosquitos, never mind what one recommend, it might work or it might not work. It´s so different from person to person.

Some years I´d met a man from US, in july, he´d also use Store Bay Beach. He was on the beach about 45 minutes per day, in the water for some 25 minutes and than he just did sit down on his towel. I was on the beach, using my towel on the sand, for 4-5 hours. They did bite him all over his legs, red spots all over, I didn´t get one bite!

Some peoples has no or very litte problems, with flies & musquitos, some has a lot of problemes, even if they are using different things as a protection.

Sometimes a mosquito can take a walk on my arm, and than jump over to an other person and bite him/her at once! Mostly they bites locals more than me, I have very little problems with them, the Swedish ones are much worst compared with Tobagonian.

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many years ago I got bitten by the beer bug. The itch seems to appear when its hot, and I am not at work. A lot of times at weekends also.

Any suggestions on a cure for this terrible bug :lol:

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You'll have to wait for a reply from David Watkins on that one, Alex. He's still working on the cure.
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I think David is failing miserably on his cure, i last saw him during the Christmas period, peranging (term for invading everyone and anypersons house drinking them dry, before moving on to the next victim!) His last known whereabouts were Parletuvier (is that spelt correct) having disapeared with some of Castaras hardened drinkers, singing a rendition of "Rum til i die" David im only jealous as im now married those days of boyish antics all long in the past...... yeah right!!!

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Phil,I don't beleive I ever saw you sober!!!! I mean when you were not into(I''ll break your secret)drinking WATER!!!!!!!!!!
As for that bug that Alex has caught maybe Phil has the answer get married!!!
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