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This is one my favourite things in our medicine cupboard. It is a cream used to 'alleviate itching pain and inflammation caused by insect bites, stings and stinging nettle rash.' It comes in a small 20g tube that resembles a miniature toothpaste, it's made of soft but solid metal so that it is very easy to squeeze and roll the end up as you use it up. You ca get nearly all the product out so there's hardly any wastage whatsoever and it not simple pierce or to wear a hole in the tube that's a superb plus as this means it could simply be carried in your bag. When using, you need to get rid of the lid like you do for other tube products and pierce the very top of the tube with all the outisde of the lid.
The main reason we use for when the cats suddenly get fleas, this is, the first indication is I being attacked by them and we get the flea treatment on asap! Poor me is left with horrible itchy red lumps around my legs that drive me crazy!! It is also really useful in the summertime when all the pesky nats enjoy to possess a nibble at me too. I anticipate it is a great product to have holiday to hot places where there are all sorts of little insects that sting and bite.
The cream is white and heavy and you only require a tiny quantity for each bite so that it continues eternally, the cream sooths the bites and then the reddish begins to die down and they itch. I would like to utilize the lotion for about 2 -3 days depending on how quick I get it on in the very first place.
This cream did help sooth but not entirely as they were still somewhat itchy, over a couple of days the swelling did calm down but looking back I probably should have gone to the physicians for something a little more powerful for the very first few days.
I have never been stung by a bee or wasp and have been fortunate to avoid nettles for a couple of years (and back then I just went on a hunt for dot leaves to rub over it!) however our neighbours little boy got stung by a bee last summer and was in hysterics so we leant them the creme for his sting and said it really helped and soothed and they kept a plaster within the sting to stop him from itching it. The cream also managed to get stung by nettles as well as the lotion helped clear the nettle rash up within nearly a day!
Really recommend the product as it lasts forever and works so well! It's about GBP 3 and chemists that I believe is an incredibly fair price.
It is that season again - The windows are wide open as they can get to let any breath of air in the home, although it will be September, but the sun is blasting down on us. For me, this time of year also means insect bites. Hubby dear man gets three or possibly one through the summertime. Me, I'm usually four or three a week at least, and mine turn into large reddish mounds and days, and they get infected if really unlucky me and that i end up at the docs.
For the most part, for the bites and stings I get (largely bites I believe) it's Anthisan to the saving! I actually don't understand what I'd do without this little tube of creme, I panic when I can not locate it because the itching drives me to distraction some times. That cash saving path before attempted, and allow me to inform you it was a hopeless experience and one I had rather not repeat thanks!
The active component in Anthisan is 2% Mepyramine Maleate, it's this items which does the biz and stops the ugly little bites and stings from itching. The tube also says it might be used for nettle rash and bee stings and other things of that nature, I can't comment on these uses yet as I've never had to try it for them, yet understanding how well it functions for insect bites I'd imagine it'd be quite great for those too.
When you put on the lotion, you need before placing clothing over it to try and leave it for a bit and needless to say you do need to do your best not to scratch the region (yes I know it is difficult!). A few minutes after the application, the itching does calm and you can get on with your day.
Overall for me, this cream is worth it's price tag.
Outline: An incredibly practical tube of cream to have around your house, and little enough to keep in your bag too.
** My Experience **
My hobbies of gardening and walking in the countryside are not obviously good ones for someone who seems to be a magnet for biting insects.
Two things have helped me cope.
The first is that, although I still get stung as much as ever, by the end of the season, my reaction seems to lessen as my body gets used to dealing with the problem naturally. Sadly, the next spring I seem to have to start from “scratch” to build up partial immunity again. (Despite my description, scratching will, or course, only make the problem worse by helping the irritation to spread more widely over the skin.)
However, I have found that the best treatment for me is Anthisan cream. I always carry a tube with me, because if applied to the skin before my allergic reaction to a bite has a chance to fully kick in, the less the reaction and the quicker the symptoms go.
Anthisan cream contains an antihistamine called mepyramine, which has helped me by reducing the swelling and itching caused by such things as insect bites and plant irritants.
As I am very vulnerable, I keep tubes in my home medicine cabinet, in my car glove compartment, handbag and rucksack, so that I can apply it to my skin as soon as it is needed. Occasionally my husband will ask to use one of my tubes, but when I am around, insects are much more attracted to me.
** Availability **
I have bought this in both supermarkets and pharmacies.
Do seek advice from a pharmacist, or other health professional, before use, if the patient is a child under the age of 2 years, or the area of skin affected is cut or sunburnt.
As I have seen quite big differences in the price of a tube, between £2 - £4, I look out for the special offers that usually appear around the time of year when people are most likely to get insect bites.
A 20g tube is currently selling in Tesco for £2.
I have found Anthisan cream very effective in reducing the effects of insect bites and plant allergies, when I have applied it to my skin soon after contact has occurred.
As with all medicines, do read the up-to-date leaflet that comes with it, before use.
I've used Anthisan cream for years and I always ensure I have a tube of this in my medicine box at home. It's really been invaluable, especially since I had my daughter as it works almost instantly on nettle rash and insect bites and stings. My daughter panics at the sight of bees and wasps and though she's been bitten a few times, whenever I use this cream, she soon stops sniveling and tells me that it feels much better.
I am sure my own mother used to use this cream on us when we were little and that it's probably even older than I am. I buy my Anthisan from Boots and as it has a very long shelf life (usually over two years), it means I can keep it for when it's needed and I have never been forced to through a tube away due to it going out of date.
The cream itself comes in a little squeezy tube and this is inside a box, alongside a full and very thorough instruction leaflet. It's suitable for all bites and stings and fine for use on children so long as they are over the age of two years.
The cream itself is white in colour and medium thickness consistency. I have always found it works better if it is applied to the bite sting or nasty nettle rash as soon as possible. I only use the smallest amount, that's all you need, and I apply it right on top of the sting, bite or rash. It seems to work very quickly on all of us, as a family and it soon brings down any redness and inflammation and the need to keep on scratching and therefore damaging the surface of the skin.
The tube looks quite tiny when you first take it out of the box, and it is only 25g, but really this is no problem as you never need to use a lot of this. I find that if I apply it about three times a day, maximum, that the worst of the redness and inflammation will have subsided. It costs just under £4 a tube, and I don't feel that that is too much to pay as this is an excellent skin soother for all bites and stings and such a useful product to have, especially at this time of the year.
I will probably always use this cream
Recently my BF and I got a gorgeous little German Shepherd puppy named Magnum. We got so caught up in the moment and never really considered that our little darling could be carrying fleas. These last few days I suffered severe discomfort and pain and I have lots of red, swollen lumps from the bites. I was struggling to sleep and was often yelping in pain every time something hit against a bitten area. It turned out that I am one of the unlucky people who has quite an allergy to the little pests. I am really glad that they have not gotten Paul as well but I was curious as to why I was the only one they attacked. I found out that fleas like certain chemicals in the blood and some humans are just more appealing for them to feed on than others.
Unfortunately for me they really like my chemicals and have feasted on me in the same way Paul and I would a Domino's Pizza. Paul was kind enough to pour water over my bites and that helped take the edge off the pain for a while but still when I tried to relax or sleep it was unbearable. My Mum heard about what I was going through and sympathized having also been attacked by fleas in the past. So she went to the Chemist and asked the Pharmacist for something that would help ease my pain and itching and the Pharmacist recommended Anthisan. When Mum turned up with Anthisan, I could not even begin to explain how grateful I was. I was desperate for some relief from the pain and itching and could hardly wait to apply the cream. As you will probably have guessed by now, Anthisan Bite and Sting cream is available without prescription and I am so glad for that because I did not particularly want to have to go to the doctors covered in bites. Even though I could cover all areas that are affected, I just feel like resting in bed to be honest.
Anthisan comes in a cardboard box and is decorated with pictures of Wasps and a couple of leafs. On opening the cardboard box you will find a tube that is similar to the kind that is used for toothpaste.The tube is yellow in colour with a white lid. On the box and on the tube you can find warnings and instructions which I will go into more detail about later.
How Does it Work?
Anthisan cream works by blocking a natural substance which your body creates during an allergic reaction, that substance is named Histamine. Anthisan contains a medicine named Mepyramine Maleate which belongs to a group of medicines called Antihistamines.
I lifted the tube which is quite light in weight and read the instructions and warnings one last time. You can never be too careful! I twisted open the white lid which had a seal covering it. To open this I flipped the lid over to the bottom and pushed the sharp part against the seal. This pierced it (without much effort) enough to squeeze some of the cream out. As directed I applied the cream making sure it was well rubbed in and applied it to every single area that needed it but had to ask Paul to help apply it to my back because I couldn't reach it. I couldn't help but notice that it doesn't really spread much. In this case a little really doesn't go a long way! In light of this I would definitely recommend someone with lots of bites like myself to get a few tubes. I have two and Mum told me she got them both from Gordons chemist for 7 pounds.
How It Looks, Smells and Feels
The cream is of a very light consistency and white in colour. It could probably be better described as a creamy paste instead of just referring to it as a cream. It was a bit cold when it touched my skin and since my first application I have decided that I will be storing it in the fridge from now on. Coolness really seemed to be one of the main factors contributing to my relief in the first few minutes of application. The smell of this cream is not one that I could describe as being particularly pleasant or unpleasant, it just kind of balances itself equally between the two extremes. At the time of application, I noticed a cooling and soothing sensation spreading all over everywhere that I had applied the cream to.
Possible Side Effects
Anthisan Bite and Sting cream does not have quite as many possible side effects as some other medicines.
Possible Side Effects are as Follows
* A Severe Allergic Reaction Signs include Problems Breathings, Problems Swallowing, Swelling on your Lips, Face, Throat or Tongue.
* A increase in Skin Redness, Swelling and Itching in the area you applied the cream to because this may be a sign of a mild allergic reaction.
This product claims to be a bite and sting cream which gives its users relief from itching, pain and inflammation. It claims to give relief from insect bites, insect stings and stinging nettle rash.
Did it Live Up to its Claims?
My first impressions on application were that I was pleasantly surprised and Instantly felt a little bit better but there was still a bit of pain in certain areas and I still felt itchy but I was relieved that It was no longer half as sore as it was to begin with and I noticed that it had become much more bearable. I also noticed that I was able to move without as much pain in the areas that had been bitten. Bitten areas are all over my body including a lot of bites on the back of my legs, my shoulders, back and thighs. Within about half an hour of my first application and all applications since. I have felt a kind of numbness in those areas and no longer felt the need to itch them. The itchiness does return after a while (1 or 2 hours) and this of course leads to more itching and pain from itching, causing me to re-apply the cream again.
I notice that having to re-apply this every one or two hours means its effect is only temporary but the fact that it is effective for any amount of time at all, is for me, more than enough reason to give it five stars. After all it is working, it just needs re-applying but the problem with that is that I have been re-applying it over and over. The instructions do not recommend doing this but rather warn against it. I cannot help it though as the itching and pain is too much to deal with at its worst and I cannot help but re-apply this because I know that it will relieve the pain and itching at least temporarily. I have noticed however that some of the bites are a lot less red and swollen. So I guess the relief from inflammation claims are true!
Where Can I Buy Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream?
Some of the places that Anthisan can be bought include Chemists and it can also be found very competitively priced on websites like Amazon and Ebay.
Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream 20g can be found on Amazon for just 3.44 with delivery costing an extra 1.13. Mum got both my 20g tubes for 7 pounds in our local Gordons Chemist.
Mepyramine Maleate, Ceto - Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene Glycol 600 Monosterate, Castor Oil, Methyl Hydroxybenzoate, Foin Coupe, (fragrance), Silicone Anti-foam, Purified Water,
* Keep out of reach of children.
* Do not use on Eczema or extensively broken skin.
* Do not use if the skin is cut or grazed.
* Do not use on sunburnt skin.
* Do not use on large areas of skin.
* Do not use after the Expiry date.
* Do not Swallow - If you do you should seek medical attention immediately and take the medicine with you. The reason for this being so that the Doctor will know what you have taken.
* Do not change your dose yourself
* Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are Pregnant or Breast Feeding.
* Consult your Doctor or Pharmacist before using this if you take any other medication (including Herbal Medicines.)
* This medicine may make you feel Drowsy or Sleepy (Oh that explains it!) and so you should not drive or use any tools if you feel this way.
You should stop using Anthisan Bite and Sting cream if you notice any signs of skin sensitivity. If symptoms worsen or do not improve after 3 days you are advised to talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist.
How to Dispose of Medicine
The leaflet tells you that medicines should not be disposed of via household waste and advises you to ask your Pharmacist for details on how to dispose of it correctly in order to protect the environment.
How to Use
Apply Anthisan Bite and Sting cream directly to the site of the bite, sting or stinging nettle rash. For best results you are advised to use Anthisan as soon as possible after the bite, sting or nettle rash. Adults or Children of two years or over should apply Anthisan Bite and Sting cream two or three times a day for up to three days. Store below 30°C.
I would love to find something that would not need constantly re-applied but I am currently just thankful for any kind of relief and so this does the job. Although my mum bought me it, I would purchase this product again for myself. However I would only get it if there was no other more effective alternatives available. I do wish the tubes had a little more in them because I am absolutely covered in bites and could really use tubes with more cream in them. I also would like it if the cream in the tubes was a little bit thicker and spread more easily and generously. I do not think they will last very long due to the fact that the cream does not spread well. Still when you are as irritated as I have been with these bites you would be glad for any amount of it. I do think they are rather reasonably priced and it is as well because if you have lots of bites, you probably will end up needing to buy more than one tube. I found the instructions really easy to understand and the cream was simple to use.
The box mine came in looks different to the one pictured but it is the same product.
This is one my favourite things in our medicine cupboard. It is a cream used to 'relieve pain, itching and inflammation caused by insect bites, stings and stinging nettle rash.' It comes in a small 20g tube that looks like a mini toothpaste, it is made of soft but strong metal so it is very easy to squeeze and roll the end up as you use it up. You ca get almost all the product out so there is barely any wastage at all and it not easy to wear or pierce a hole in the tube which is a great plus as this means it can easily be carried in your bag. When first using, you need to remove the lid and pierce the top of the tube with the outisde of the lid like you do for other tube products.
The main reason we use this is for when the cats suddenly get fleas, the first sign is them attacking me and we get the flea treatment on asap! Poor me is left with nasty itchy red bumps all over my legs that drive me insane!! It is also really helpful in the Summer when all the pesky nats like to have a nibble at me too. I expect this is a really good product to take on holiday to hot places where there are all sorts of little insects that sting and bite.
I apply this cream more than the recommended 2-3 times a day, I apply when they have just shown up and then when they start to itch which is usually when the surrounding temperature changes for instance getting into bed or after having a bath. The cream is white and thick and you only need a small amount for each bite so it lasts forever, the cream sooths the bites and then the red starts to die down and they no longer itch. I need to use the cream for about 2 -3 days depending on how quick I get it on in the first place.
I have used this on some bites I got last summer on my legs which were horrible, they swelled to the size of 10ps and went slightly purplish and yellow (ew!!), god knows what they were from but they were extremely itchy. This cream did help sooth but not entirely as they were still a little itchy, over a few days the swelling did calm down but looking back I probably should have gone to the doctors for something a little stronger for the first few days.
I've never been stung by a bee or wasp and have been lucky to avoid nettles for a few years (and back then I just went on a search for dot leaves to rub over it!) however our neighbours little boy got stung by a bee last summer and was in hysterics so we leant them the cream for his sting and said it really helped and soothed and they kept a plaster over the sting to stop him from itching it. He also managed to get stung by nettles and the cream helped clear the nettle rash up within just about a day!
Really recommend this product as it works so well and lasts forever! It is about £3 from most supermarkets and chemists which I think is an extremely fair price considering how well it performs.
I seem to be a midge-magnet! Every summer I seem to get bitten more and more by every kind of insect that is out there. There worst was a horse-fly bite, which actually landed me in hospital with suspected thrombosis as my leg swelled to twice it's size. Apparently I had an unusual allergic reaction to the bite. That was bad, but ever since then any sort of insect bite reacts worse than they used to, so I have to make sure I carry some sort of antihistamine at all times. I find that using the cream immediately does reduce the swelling more effectively.
The antihistamine cream I have used for years is Anthisan. I think it was my doctor who first told me about it when one of my kids got bitten when they were still very young.
You can buy the cream from any good supermarket or pharmacy and it comes in a 20g tube. The outer box is yellow and has pictures of a bees on it, which immediately tells the buyer what it is used for.
If you have ever been unfortunate enough to be stung by a wasp or bee, you'll know just how sore this can be, especially for children. A bite or sting makes the body produce a substance called histamine. When you get too much of that, the skin reacts and a red rash occurs, sometimes hives, and it itches like mad as well as being sore. Some people have very severe allergic reactions to histamine and can go into anaphylactic shock. Obviously this reaction needs urgent medical attention, so you should dial 999 if this happens to someone you are with. For milder reactions, the application of an antihistamine cream such as Anthisan to the affected area can give almost instant relief.
When my son was stung on this thumb Anthisan really saved the day. It worked fast and effectively, reducing the swelling and taking the sting and itchiness away. The redness soon went down too and by the following day his thumb was much better. I have also had wasp stings and I always used Anthisan to great effect.
Being a gardener I sometimes come into contact with nettles and this cream is very good for nettle rash too. In fact, any sort of allergic reaction that makes the skin erupt into nettle rash can easily be soothed with Anthisan cream. I always keep some in the medicine cupboard and it is a necessity when going on holiday! You never know when you might need it!
The cream contains an active ingredient called Mepyramine Maleate, which works to reduce the itching and brings histamine levels in the skin back to normal.
When using the cream, it should be applied directly to the site of the insect bite, insect sting or stinging nettle rash. For best results, use as soon as possible after the bite or sting. Gently rub into the affected area and try not to scratch. The skin will stay itchy for a short while before it calms down again. Don't use on broken skin, burns (particularly sunburn) or eczema, as it will make the skin even more sore. It's just for use on rashes and bites. Obviously, if the cream has no effect and the rash or bite gets worse then you should seek medical advice.
For most stings and bites, this cream is very effective and one that I use regularly. I find it really works for me.
It is a bit more expensive than some antihistamine creams, at £3.05 per tube , but personally, when I know something works I don't mind paying that.
The ingredients in the cream are:
Active Ingredient: Mepyramine Maleate 2% w/w, Other Ingredients include: Ceto-Stearyl Alcohol, Polyethylene Glycol 600 Monostearate, Castor Oil, Methyldroxybenzoate, Foin Coupé (Fragrance), Silicone Antifoam, Purified Water.
Do not store above 30°C and keep out of the reach of children.
I often get bitten by fleas, because my cat seems to find my bed the most comfortable place to sleep! Anyway, they bite me a lot, and it drive me crazy! I really REALLY hate insect bites of any kind, the itching is just awful. In the past I've had scars from scratching, so I was keen to prevent that happening again.
Someone let me try some Anthisan cream about 3 weeks ago, and I was immediately impressed! It seemed to instantly cool the itchiness, and after about 2 days the bites were shrinking and drying up.
I then bought my own tube of Anthisan from Superdrug for about £3.50, which seemed brilliant value for how good the product is! It worked just as well as the first.
I haven't tried this product for anything else other than flea bites, but I'd imagine that it would work to the same standard with all the others!
I bought a 20g tube of this cream a few months ago from my local pharmacy - my legs were covered in incredibly itchy bites which were driving me mad and the woman at the pharmacy recommended this as one of the best products. unfortunately I have to say that after using it I don't really agree with her...
Anthisan is a bite and sting cream which is supposed to relieve pain, itching and reduce inflammation. We all know that insect bites can be incredibly itchy so relief from this (to stop me scratching my legs down to the bone) was exactly what I was looking for.
The cream comes in a standard white tube and plastic lid which has a small spike recessed into the top in order to pierce the foil covering of the tube upon first time use. The tube comes with a standard leaflet and is packaged in a little box like the one displayed above. If you're anything like me the box and leaflet will go straight into the recycling bin, leaving just the tube in your medicine cabinet.
The consistency of this product is very thick (but easy to get out of the tube) which I was happy about as it means it isn't sliding off your skin and onto the floor. Despite this thickness it is very easy to rub in and doesn't leave any visual evidence of it's application (no streaky white marks or shiney skin patches) however my skin felt ever so slightly sticky to the touch for some time afterwards.
I found that there was an immediate cooling sensation upon application which did help to reduce the itching, but did not eliminate it completely and I'm unfortunately one of those people who can't resist scratching an itch if it's there, so this cream didn't really stop me scratching myself, nor did the slight initial relief last particularly long - maybe an hour or so.
Furthermore I was slightly irritated to read that you're not supposed to apply the cream to any broken skin, well bites=itching=scratching therefore there's a high chance that people will have broken skin around the bite and you're only supposed to apply the cream for no more than 3 times a day or exceeding 3 days (no explanation of why) but in my experience bites take longer to go away than this and as the cream doesn't seem to be effective for more than an hour or so, I'd want to apply it alot more than 3 times a day (infact I did do this and had no adverse effects).
In terms of price I think I paid around £3 for this product which I think would be a fair price (if the product worked) as it lasts quite a long time.
Overall I can't really say I'd recommend this product - yes I did experience some relief, but not enough to stop me scratching and I have to say that I do wonder if the relief I experienced was purely a placebo effect. The relief from itching isn't total, I didn't experience any reduction in inflammation and there are too many restrictions on use (also can't use if you have a sunburn or eczema).
During a recent family reunion at Center Parc, several of our family were bitten by fleas that must have been lurking in the villas. Trusty Anthisan brought welcome relief from the desire to scratch furiously at the bites but some of us needed to take antihistamine tablets as well. Center Parc have sent a patronising and self-righteous response to our complaint. Anthisan had to do the same job for the same reason last time we went to Center Parc but we didn't report it to Visitor Services that time.
I came home this weekend to find a cat asleep on my bed. I have no idea how or when the cat got in the house or even know who owns said cat...one thing I do know though it that this cat had fleas. I can safely say that because I went to sleep in the same bed on Saturday night feeling fine and woke up covered in very itchy red insect bites.
Rushing over to Boots yesterday morning I was able to pick up a 25g tube of Anthisan for £3.69. You can also buy it online or in many supermarkets. The cream itself is fairly thick, white and does not have a strong scent. The recommended method of application is to dab it onto the affected area and rub it in. Once you have done this it does not leave any signs of residue (unless you are like me and smear too much on!).Of course if like me you have scratched away already and broken the skin, the instructions say that you should not use the cream in these areas. You don't need to use a lot on each bite so 25g is more than enough to last you and the family a considerable length of time.
The soothing effects are very quick. The feeling of the cool cream on the bites does offer some instant relief and I do find that once I have applied the cream to a bite I do not feel the need to return to scratching it. On the other hand though I have been less than impressed with how long the effects last. From applying the cream in the morning to sitting down at my desk one hour later the itching has returned. I think this just goes to prove what I have heard before - Anthisan is fine to use for the odd insect bite but if you have a big reaction to a bite or have lot of angry looking bites then it is better to use it in conjuction with another solution such as antihistamine tablets
Insects and in particular mosquitoes do like to dine out on my blood and I do tend to get a reaction to their bites and experience some swelling and itching which is never pleasant when you are travelling and on your holiday. Now I have tried taking garlic tablets and drinking lots of tonic water and I always use Deet which is pretty strong but none of these stop me getting bitten, indeed I once saw a mossie walk across my freshly Deet sprayed arm and deliver a bite impervious to its effects.
If I get a bad reaction then I take an antihistamine tablet but for the rest of the time I find that Anthisan is quite effective at reducing the irritation and itchiness of a bite.
The cream itself comes in a standard small tube similar to the type you get antiseptic cream in, it is white in colour and quite thick and a 20g tube costs £3.35 on Amazon but it is available at all the high street chemists.
The cream should be applied directly to the bite however you should make sure that the skin is not cracked or split if you have been scratching it, one application is rarely enough and it should be applied at least twice a day. I find that it does provide some relief however for bites where you have had a bigger reaction then a tablet is much more effective. However if you are expecting a magical cure and relief from the allergic reaction to the bite then I'm afraid you will be disappointed and still the best defence against insect bites is to not get bitten in the first place. Covering up though is easier said than done.
The cream is quite thick and it is not at all greasy, it applies into the skin quite easily however for bites on your back you will need help applying it.
Overall it does provide some relief but on its own it is not enough and prevention is always better than the cure.
** My problem! **
I don't know what is going on this yeah but I have been getting insect bites so often that I am on the verge of playing dot to dot on my legs. They just appear out of no-where and I have a horrible time with the itching. I have a couple of small scars from where I just haven't been able to resist the satisfaction of the scratching. Disgusting I know but it is almost like torture. I can right now count 16 insect bites randomly placed from my wrist to in-between on of my toes. Seriously at one point I had to check I didn't have chicken pocks! I know it is because I have done a lot of countryside driving lately and they seem to take a chunk out of me as they breeze past the windows so I have bought plenty of insect repellent for next time!
But that still leaves me with a load of frustratingly itchy insect bites. A few weeks ago I had the same problem and because I just couldn't take it anymore I drive to my nearest supermarket (Sainsbury's) in need of some desperate relief. The only thing I could find, and the quickest thing was this Anthisan cream. I had never heard of it or used it before but it said 'bite & sting cream' that was enough for me!
** What is Anthisan Cream? **
Anthisan is a cream which is supposed to give you relief from bites and stings. It is supposed to relief the pain, help stop itching and inflammation. Plus it works on stinging nettle rashes. (Which I haven't had since I was about 6 years old!).
The cream comes in a white metallic tube and has a thick white consistency to it. It is almost identical looking to things like Savlon and other antibiotic creams etc. I have heard there is a spray and I think I would prefer this next time purely because I think a spray is much easier to apply in awkward places then a cream is!
You can get the cream from most high street shops such as Boots and Superdrug's; you can also get it from the large supermarkets. I bought mine for £3.99 for a 25ml tube. It sounds a lot but when you are scratching yourself into frenzy it seems like money well spent, as long as it works!
** How does it work? **
The packet advises that the cream should be applied directly to the bite or sting as soon as possible. In adults and children of 2 years or above you should apply the cream two or three times a day.
The cream itself contains active ingredient called 'mepyramine maleate'. Which might sound more familiar when called antihistamine. (Usually people use this a lot for hay fever.) Our bodies contain something called histamine and when the body reacts to these strange things such as insect bites the body tries to defend itself and starts sending out the Histamine. Then a domino effect happens and allergic symptoms start to happen, such as swelling, itchiness and inflammation of the skin. Obviously there is a lot more to it than that but that is the basic theory.
The mepyramine (good stuff) in this cream block the histamine (bad stuff) from being recognised. It doesn't stop any of the normal process, just simply prevents it doing its bad job and in turn prevents any other allergy chemical and increased blood supply zooming to the area. This is apparently what causes the relief from the bite or sting!
** Does it actually work? **
When I apply the cream it isn't greasy and takes a few minutes to absorb into the skin which I expect anyway. In my opinion it doesn't really give out any major fragrance, it has a faint smell of sweet powdery scent. But nothing noticeable. This is great if you have to use it all over but don't want to smell like TCP!
I have to admit that it didn't give me instant relief. What I really wanted was the feeling of 'ahhhhh'. A bit like when your feet ache and you sit down and you can feel the relief drain away. This didn't happen. After about 5 minutes the itchiness did calm down but really that would happen anyway once you leave the bite alone long enough for the skin to calm down. In my experience the more you put on this cream the better it works. I have tried using a small amount as it spreads out quite well but nothing happens. Adding a bit more on either works, or makes my mind feel confident that I have put enough on and it HAS to work!
The instructions say to use the cream 2 or 3 times a day. My bites itch me all day every day and I have to put the cream on more often than that. (Not recommended) I can't say it has had any bad effects on me but the warning is that you shouldn't.
I just find that this cream really didn't give me the relief I was working for. After 24 hour the bites were less swollen and less read (still itchy) but surely like I said earlier this would happen naturally if you just left the bites alone. I think it is one of those creams that make you think it is feeling better. I would like to do a test with 10 people using the cream and 10 people using a fake one and see of there really is a difference in results.
I don't rate it that highly, after a few fairly thick applications I had a small sense of relief but nothing that made me feel like the bites had completely gone, the itchiness only reduced slightly and the redness and swellings went down a bit after 24 hours. I definitely think that if you can find a cheaper alternative then use it as it probably won't be any worse then this.
** Warnings **
As usual with any creams, lotions or potions you should always read the instructions and the small print. But I just wanted to point out a couple of important warnings.
The first is that you should only use this cream on the same area of skin for up to 3 days.... Which is annoying because my bites take longer than that to disappear. Also do not use on large arrears of skin, (what if you have 2 bites next to each other???!!!). Also do not use on grazed, cut or sunburnt skin and it also should not be used if you have eczema.
** Recommendation **
Overall this is a bit of a mediocre product. It works but not as effective as I would expect. After a couple of days it does reduce swelling and redness but in my experience my insect bites are still itchy. It is definitely more effective the faster you apply it after being bitten but it isn't always easy to carry around your whole first aid box with you!
The fact that you should only apply this for cream for up to 3 days on the same area of skin is also a bit annoying. My bites take well over a week to disappear and are itchy even three days after being bitten so that is a bit frustrating because I want to keep using it in the hope it is helping just a little. It is also useless for when I go on holiday because you can't use it on sunburnt skin (not that I get burnt but... does a tan count?), plus I have also found that it isn't waterproof so if you use it while swimming you will have to reapply... but remember the rules of only reapplying 2 to 3 times a day!
Overall, I would recommend it being kept in the first aid box of medicine cupboard for emergencies. It is a bit expensive but hopefully you only have a couple of bites or stings unlike my nice little leg designs! , therefore you won't have to use much of the cream and it will make good use of the money you spent. It lasts a while too, I only bought mine a couple of weeks ago and the expiry date on the tube is August 2012 so at least I know I can keep it in the cupboard for 2 years and it can still be used. Also, use it as soon as you get bitten or stung apply it as soon as you can and hope for the best. Like I said it isn't instant relief but it helps speed up the recovery process.
Thanks for reading.
This is a really useful cream to have both in the house and when travelling, I've used it for years, always have a tube handy and I slap this stuff on everything that looks even vaguely like a sting, bite or rash!
At around £3 for a tube (25g) it is a very reasonable price and one tube will last you quite a while. It is available at Boots and Superdrug as well as general chemists etc.
It is an antihistamine cream containing the active ingredient 'mepyramine maleate' and is used to provide relief from pain, itching and inflammation from insect bites, stings and nettle rash, according to the box. I find it very effective at reducing that annoying itching feeling caused by insect bites or heat lumps, I've also used it for small patches of prickly heat and other irritations.
The cream itself has a lovely smell I think, not strong or nasty smelling as you may expect. It doesn't sting and just feels mild and soothing on your skin. For this reason it is ideal for children, especially if yours are like my son was when he was younger and at the first sight of me approaching with any kind of remedy for a cut or bite would always ask 'will it sting?'!
Because it doesn't dry the skin or cause any other unwanted side effects it can be applied liberally several times a day. I'd never go abroad without it!
ANTHISAN BITE AND STING CREAM
After an evening bbq my fiancée and I woke up the next morning covered in insect bites. I assume it was some sort of gnat that had made us its supper because the bites were red, angry and very very itchy. Now I always use essential lavender oil for bites(previous review) but Mark announced that there was no way he was going to work smelling like a flower! Fair enough, so I went to Tesco and got some Anthisan cream. It is made by Aventis Pharma Ltd and is especially for bites and stings.
It costs £3.00 for a 20g tube and it comes in a yellow box with the name Anthisan written in bold black letters on it. It also says "bite & sting cream". It has a list of ingredients on one side which are clear enough to read and the instructions on the other. There is an information leaflet inside, again easy to follow, including all the relevant information. Anthisan claims to relive itching and inflammation caused by insect bites and stings and also nettle rash.
The actual cream is white in colour and is quite a thick stiff cream but very light. It actually seems more like a face cream than an ointment. It smells nice too. I decided as I had gone to the expense of buying it I would give it a try as well.
I applied the Anthisan cream in the morning, it rubbed into my skin nicely and did not leave it greasy and I must say that after 5 minutes I found the itching eased. This lasted until nearly lunch time by which time the redness had gone down considerably as well. Anthisan should be applied 3 times a day and should not be used on sun burnt skin or broken skin so you really need to apply it quickly before you start to scratch too much.
I think on the whole Anthisan works very well. I can't say how effective it is on nettle rash but it certainly relieved the itching and reduced the redness of insect bites. Having said this I think I would prefer to use the more natural lavender oil on bites but if you don't want to smell flowery then this is a very good alternative.
It is quite expensive
You cant apply it on broken skin so you need to use it quickly before you start to scratch.
An antihistamine for the relief of itching. Generally used for insect bite reactions and nettle rash (urticaria).