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Healing Faster: Bug Bites

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Before Paleo, and if bit by mosquitoes or any other biting insects, it would literally take weeks for the bites to go away. The histamines stayed close to the surface and would just slowly leach away leaving the wheals, now flattened, and then additional weeks for the blood vessels to retract and the wheals to fade away. Now? I'm still a magnet for the suckers but when bit, itch for maybe a day or two, then the histamines are completely gone and finally wheal marks fade within a few days after. My cuts and bruises seem to be healing the same way they always have.. it's just the bites that have changed. Not complaining but I find it pretty fascinating!

Has anyone else experienced this?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Those things hurt, too. Youch! I wonder if the fresh sage leaf that @wyldkard mentioned would work on the fly bites?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Great to hear and thanks for the tip! I never knew about fresh sage leaf used as a tool to help with itching. Will grab some seedlings at the greenmarket this weekend to plant in my window for future bites - and dinner :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Ahhh, now that's good to hear. Now we just need to figure out what we're not eating, or we are eating, that's making them heal faster. So curious!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:50 AM

I'm still the same bug magnet but whatever is going on it's a huge relief not to have horribly itchy bites, that I never scratched so they would go away faster, disappear after a couple of days instead of weeks. I definitely feel for you @chantel and @senneth!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 05, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Same here. Bites swell bigger and stay longer.

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7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Yup, same here. Inevitably get bitten several times when at Scout camp around sundown (usually always in shorts unless it's really cold). Last camp, I was only bitten once and it didn't irritate half as much and it disappeared after a couple of days.

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038a1128a94ada511105a87a311537e0

on July 05, 2011
at 11:45 AM

That is interesting, I have noticed the complete opposite. Lucky you!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 05, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Same here. Bites swell bigger and stay longer.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:50 AM

I'm still the same bug magnet but whatever is going on it's a huge relief not to have horribly itchy bites, that I never scratched so they would go away faster, disappear after a couple of days instead of weeks. I definitely feel for you @chantel and @senneth!

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:35 AM

Now that you mention it, yes! I got a couple of bites the other night and I did notice that I got bit less than I usually do. Those bites did just itch for a few hours and I haven't noticed them since. Interesting!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Ahhh, now that's good to hear. Now we just need to figure out what we're not eating, or we are eating, that's making them heal faster. So curious!

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on July 05, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I've found that rubbing a fresh sage leaf on a recent bite quickly quells the itching. I don't know if this is why I'm handling mosquito bites better this year, or if it's partly diet-related, but bites seem far less annoying this year than in the past.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Great to hear and thanks for the tip! I never knew about fresh sage leaf used as a tool to help with itching. Will grab some seedlings at the greenmarket this weekend to plant in my window for future bites - and dinner :)

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A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on July 05, 2011
at 12:35 PM

Can't say that I have... black fly bites in June were itchy for at least 2 weeks. :(

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 06, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Those things hurt, too. Youch! I wonder if the fresh sage leaf that @wyldkard mentioned would work on the fly bites?

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