While cleaning my grandparents house I was bit all over my feet and ankles by, what I assume, were fleas. My feet looked just like they did back in third grade when I had chicken pox.* And the itching was terrible and intense. It was possibly the itchiest I had ever been.
Mom and dad to the rescue!
She shared with me a little home recipe to help relieve the itch. To mix up this home remedy, you will need:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
That’s it! No, really!
All you need to do is pour some baking soda into a bowl. Then, slowly pour in hydrogen peroxide. Only add a little bit at a time. You won’t need much. Mix in the peroxide until you have a spreadable paste. Once the mixture is ready, coat the affected areas with a layer of your paste. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes. Wash the paste off with a wet washcloth. You should feel relief from the itching. My relief lasted for a few hours, but your mileage may vary.
Tips and Tricks
- Use a very light hand with the hydrogen peroxide. I added what I thought was a small amount, but turned out to be too much and I had to add more baking soda which meant I had more paste than I actually needed.
- The paste will dry and harden and flake off. I wish I had thought to do everything over a towel for easier cleanup. Instead I ended up leaving a little trail of dried paste as I walked to the bathroom.
- Have your wet washcloth ready to go by your towel for even easier cleanup.
- This paste can dry out your skin, so keep that in mind.
I was almost in pain from the crazy itch that these bites gave me. I spent a week trying itch creams and trying to ignore the pain before my parents came home and made this suggestion. So, I do need to say that the itch had decreased from the original bites since they were a week old when I tried this. However, they were still worse than a fresh mosquito bite. I am now two weeks out from the bites, and they are basically gone. This mixture seemed to help more than any of the creams I tried.
*No pictures this week because it was seriously gross looking.
As a programming note, there will probably not be posts next week as I will be traveling back to Arizona. I have blown through my cache of saved projects, and will need a few days to get to the grocery store and get back into my Arizona groove before I have something to post again.