“ Brand: Boots „
For some reason known only to mosquitos, they are really attracted to my skin. I have had some very painful experiences on holiday where I am walking round in lovely summer outfits and my arms and legs are covered in massive red sores that blister and itch. It is really unfortunate, I try various remedies to prevent them enjoying the taste of my skin but I always make sure I have something to put on the bites afterwards or the painful itchiness can really ruin a good day. I have tried various lotions and potions but the best results I had were with the clicker. I was really dubious when I first bought it but now I am so convinced by it I recommend it to all my friends.
==Price and availability==
The clicker costs around £5.00 from Boots.
The clicker is made from plastic and has a little push down plastic end. At the bottom of the clicker are two little holes. When you push the clicker down you will hear a definitive crack sound and see two little lights out the bottom. It looks just like a lighter that is trying to light when you do not have any fuel in it, that sort of flint like spark. The idea is to hold the clicker against the bite and the clicker neutralises the sting.
I was really dubious about using the clicker but I found it a complete godsend on holiday. I was a bit nervous about using it as I thought it would hurt, it really makes a loud crack when you click it. All you feel is a small slight prick but it does not hurt in the slightest. After an hour of using the clicker, you will notice that the stinging and itchiness has gone away. In 24 hours you will notice that the redness is starting to fade and the healing process is well underway. I am usually left with bites for weeks, I tend to come home with them after my holiday and they still take ages to heal! By using this clicker the bites heal up in a couple of days and do not bother me at all.
I have had a couple of bites that do not heal as quick as others and this is because you need to click the bites within a few hours of being bit for the clicker to be most effective. The best thing about the clicker is that it will last for ages not like a lotion or potion that runs out! I have taken the clicker on about 4 holidays and lent it to friends and family it is still clicking just fine. I still do not fully understand the science behind the clicker or understand how it manages to kill the sting in the bite, however it really does work! It is definitely worth the money and is a firm favourite in my holiday essentials.
I tend to think of myself as a happy go lucky traveller; I'll cheerfully put up with any kind of weather and can find something positive in places that most people would be clamouring to get out of. There's one thing, though, that is guaranteed to get me down: insect bites. Perhaps because I also suffer from a nut allergy and with hayfever, I tend to have pretty serious reactions to insect bites and I've tried all kinds of preventative measures and post-bite treatments over the years without finding the definitive solution.
Biting insects seem to have a sixth sense where I am concerned. I can be in a group of ten people and will be the only one to get bitten. In Cuba the family we were staying with had to take me to the polyclinic because I couldn't sleep at night for wanting to scratch all the bites on my legs (I didn't let on that I was also trying not to scratch what felt like hundreds of sandmite bites on my backside which I'd acquired when having a wee behind the beer stand at the fiesta). When we were going off for three and half months of travel around the Black Sea in 2006 I knew I would have to make sure I packed some effective protection and treatments because it might be difficult to find such things in some of the countries we'd be travelling to.
A colleague who volunteered with army cadets on outward bound courses recommended a strong high DEET content product and made me promise to be generous in its application. I wasn't convinced that this would protect me fully from bites and I still wanted something to treat any bites I might get. I chose the 'Click It', a tiny device that is supposed to use a tiny electrical charge to take the sting out of insect bites to reduce inflammation and your desire to scratch. Essentially it diffuses histamine build up which is what creates the urge to scratch. Scratches bites is bad news because it lengthens the amount of time it takes to heal the bite and it also increases the risk of infection.
A couple of companies make this kind of product. I bought my first one from a mail order travel accessories catalogue. I was not impressed with it for reasons I am about to describe but I resolved to try again and bought my next one from Boots. In terms of method of use and appearance there was no difference between the brands.
The device is about an inch long and will easily fit in a pocket. It has a small eye on the side and I found it useful to thread a length of cotton through the eye and then tie it to my belt loop, placing the 'clicker' in my pocket for easy access. Time is of the essence when using this treatment and you don't want to be rooting about in a bag for five minutes to find it.
There are two tiny little metal rods protruding from the end of the clicker. You place them directly onto the skin on and around the bitten area and applying only very light pressure, click the device. The instructions recommend at least five clicks and a maximum of ten. It doesn't break the skin and is completely safe. You do feel the rods touch the skin but not an electrical pulse as such. The device has been designed so that it's comfortable to hold and you can hold it quite naturally.
I've had mixed results with this device but it is difficult to say why results might have varied. While in Georgia I was very badly bitten during an overnight stop at a port city. I had 'deeted' up before going out in the evening but I could feel the little blighters getting their teeth stuck in as we were eating dinner (note to self, eat indoors on warm nights in Georgian sea ports). I clicked merrily away but still the bites itched like mad and the next morning my ankles had ballooned. We were due to sail into Russia that night and I had to spend the sea voyage with my feet up on two rucksacks because of the swelling. Fortunately a very kind Russian customs officer had seen my plight and summoned an ambulance to be there when I eventually cleared passport control. I can only hope that those people going to Sochi for the next winter Olympics don't need a hospital because other than a very handsome A and E doctor, Sochi's hospital has little to recommend it.
On that occasion the clicker had failed miserably but earlier in the trip it had fared moderately well, providing reasonable relief when used on occasional bites, so when I happened to notice that Boots were selling an own brand version I popped one in my basket. It came with us on a short stay on the Slovenian coast and it wasn't too long before it was tested. Maybe Slovenian mozzies and bitey-things are especially resilient because the Boots Bite & Sting Relief Click It was no match for them. In spite of following the instructions to the letter the bites itched and itched. It was September and the nights were hot and clammy making it hard to sleep and, I'm sure, increasing the urge to scratch. In despair I asked a pharmacist for help. She asked whether I wanted a natural or a chemical prevention product. I asked for the most evil, manmade product she could lay her hands on. I had taken some insect repellent with me but it couldn't compare with the stuff she gave me. The Click-It went in the bin.
I wouldn't bother with another click device even though I had limited success when using it for the first time on the odd single bite. I have read very positive reviews of this type of product, however, and I do think that it doesn't do much for me because I have such a bad reaction to insect bites. If you have only a modest reaction to the bites and just want something to relieve the initial itchiness then this product will probably be of some use.
For those people the Click It has a number of advantages. As it's not a liquid remedy you can pack it in your hand luggage and not have to worry about exceeding liquid limits. It's very easy to use and has the advantage over creams and gels that you aren't left with sticky hands after use. It fits easily into a pocket and is lightweight. It is suitable for use in children aged over four years. Other than not using it on broken skin (use your nous, it doesn't 'broken' as in just bitten) there are no contraindications or warnings making this a product that's suitable for almost everyone. The device provides relief from mosquito and horsefly bites and nettle stings.
On the other hand it is small and its easy to lose; I strongly suggest attaching it your person in order not to lose it.
The Boots Bite & Sting Relief Click It is currently priced at £5.65 (and you'll earn 20 points with an Advantage Card) and gives about 2,000 clicks. Alternative brands do offer more clicks: the Lifesystems version provides over 10,000 clicks and is currently selling online for £5.49 which is 12% off the RRP of £6.25. (www.outdoorkit.co.uk) I would suggest that all brands offer similar efficacy.
When this product works it is brilliant. Hygienic, convenient and easy to use, it is an amazing little device that provides fast relief. It won't work for everyone unfortunately, but for the price it's certainly worth a try,
I have had similar brands of this gadget for many years - although I have only used the Boots version in the last few months. I have to say that my experience of this gadget is very positive and it has worked to relieve the itchiness and inflammation associated with bites, in particular with mosquito bites.
I travel a lot to countries where, despite covering yourself in deet lotions, the mozzies seem to still bite and I end up covered in bites which drive me to distraction.
***How do you use it***
Basically you hold the clicker against the bite firmly and you press the top which delivers a small electric shock. It really doesn't hurt! I've used it on my niece who is only 5 and she really wasn't bothered by it either. Yes, you can feel it, but it is less than a seconds discomfort.
***Does it work?****
Yes! It provided me with almost immediate relief from the itching - and also seemed to make the swelling go down also. I have found that I need to click the same bite about 5 times in very quick succession though to deliver the desired effect - and sometimes I've needed to repeat this again about 30 minutes later.
****Why use it?****
Firstly, and most importantly, it works! Although I've tried creams and lotions that also work, carrying this little gadget around is much more convenient and is to small that you can easily just carry it around in your pocket or in your purse. Also it seems to last for ages! I used it traveling around South America for a few months and its still working now.
All in all, I recommend this product for anyone's first aid kit while traveling.
I got one of these last year, as I really suffer with bites and have literally tried every lotion and potion to stop me from getting them or to make them less itchy.
This little gadget costs around £5.00 from boots, and I have never really seen anything like it, so thought it had got to be worth a go, I will try anything for relief from those annoying bugs that seem to find me so delicious.
The gadget itself is quite small, and it has an opening at one end with two small metal lumps on it and a black click button on the opposite end.
This little gadget is supposed to work on brand new bites, (I can pretty much tell a couple of minutes after I get one), and by pressing the little black button on the top, it sends a small electrical pulse through the gadget, which you are supposed to place on the bite and it stops it from itching.
There are a few issues I have with this gadget, the main one being that it doesn't really work but despite that, It's very difficult to give yourself a small electric shock, it made me jump every time, and it's just really not pleasant, it doesn't hurt, but it's just weird.
I think to use it properly you are supposed to click it a few times over each bite, but I got bored after doing it about 20 times on one and seeing no effect. I don't know exactly how an electric pulse is supposed to stop the itching, but it doesn't anyway.
I would not recommend this product at all. I would stick to creams for bite relief as this is just too weird and doesn't work. The best cream I have found is boots own (I have reviewed it on here).