I’m a vegan, and basically follow a Jainist philosophy as much as possible — as in, do no harm to any living creature if at all possible. But there’s one glaring exception. And that, my friends, is the mosquito. Mosquitoes love the crap out of me and treat my body as if it were a delicious Sizzler buffet. On my recent Montana trip, I was told that there were no mosquitoes in the area I was in. Hahaha, WRONG. I emerged the first evening with a constellation of swollen bites on my shoulders. They feasted mightily that night.
Well, according to science (SCIENCE!) I’m one of the lucky 20 percent of people who are especially yummy treats. And my Most Popular Food Ever superlative with the mosquitoes is caused by a variety of factors.
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How many bug bites are currently on my body? Let’s just say I stopped counting and focused on scratching at 60. Naturally, I had to figure out how to stop this madness, so with the help of Google and my local CVS, here are the three best ways I’ve found to beat the itch.
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I woke up this morning with two bug bites on my face. Yeah, my face. Not to be a negative Nelly, but c’mon—as if I don’t have enough other “challenges” to getting a zit-free face, now I’ve got two big, red mosquito bites that look like hellacious pimples to contend with? Great. (Also, it’s almost winter; how are mosquitos still alive? And why are they still buzzing around?) Here’s my dilemma: One of the bites is right next to my nose looking like an angry pimple, so I want to get it tamed ASAP. How do I do that? My first thought, no picking at it or scratching—I could end up with a scar. A few of my other mosquito bite tactics? After the jump …. Keep reading »