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I’ve been doing quite a bit of gardening this year and there’s something out there that finds me most delicious! I wear long trousers and long sleeves when I’m skirmishing in the flowerbeds, but I have had more than my fair share of insect bites. I never see who they are but somehow the little blighters get to me – my legs, arms, shoulders, back have all been bitten at some stage this summer. All I do know is that the bites develop into painful red lumps and I have to fight very hard with myself not to scratch.
Apparently when the skin is attacked – either a bite or a sting – histamine is released which stimulates the nerve endings (ie is painful), increases the blood flow to the affected spot (ie goes red) and alters the tissue fluid balance (ie swells up).
Anthisan bite and sting cream contains the active ingredient mepyramine maleate, which is an antihistamine. It blocks the histamine receptors and stops the release of other allergy chemicals.
It’s been around for years – I remember it always being the medicine box at home when I was a girl. It’s still pretty effective though and does provide relief. Unsurprisingly, it’s most effective when applied as soon as possible to the bite or sting.
I do find that I need to reapply it two or three times a day. The cream instantly soothes but my reaction to my bites has been quite severe and after three or four hours the urge to itch returns with a vengeance. Clearly this will depend on the nature of the bite or sting and your own reaction to it but if you are still suffering after three days you are advised to seek medical help.
The cream comes in a handy 20g tube and can be used by anyone over the age of 2. However it shouldn’t be applied if you suffer from eczema or directly on to broken skin. It's not particularly sticky and I find it absorbs into the affected area quite quickly.
Stocked by most supermarkets and high street chemists, expect to pay around the £2 mark.
This is a household staple in my bathroom cupboard! As a fair haired lady, I seem to attract mosquito's like you wouldn't believe when I'm on holiday! As I sunburn easily as well, I always make sure I am covered up as much as possible during the day & night. Like suggested, I always try to get hold of DEET products and light citronella candles but they still eat me alive! Anthisan helps to provide at least a bit of relief.
Anthisan is very easy to apply. Only a small amount is needed, rubbed into the skin in circular motion until completely absorbed, which doesn't take long.
The tube is small enough to pop in your bag as you go for top ups during the day as and when required. The lid is very secure so no need to worry about spillage in your bag.
It does have a nice gentle smell to the product which is a nice touch so that you don't feel like you are applying a 'medicine' but a 'cream'.
The tube is made from a hard metal material, so be careful of the edges, they are sharp and if caught, can pack a sting! When the product is getting to the end of use, it can be difficult to get the last little bit out, it does take a little bit of bending the tube in order to get the last little bit.
It does feel sticky at first, but it is quickly absorbed into your skin. Take time to ensure that it is thoroughly absorbed though because it can get on to your clothes and it will dry hard or make your clothes stick to you! However if this does happen, it doesn't stain and is easy to wash out.
Anthisan does have active ingredients in it to help reduce the irritation caused by stinging nettles or bites. The motion of rubbing into your skin can help relieve itchiness as well. The effect will wear off, but just reapply when needed. It is not to be used on open wounds, eczema or sunburn and won't relieve any of those symptoms.
Like stated, this is a staple in my bathroom. It comes with me on every holiday and I always top up in the summer time. I don't often get stung by stinging nettles, but I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is suffering from mosquito bites.
We have used this Anthisan bite and sting cream for a number of years now and I tend to keep it in the car and the car goes virtually everywhere with us!!
What is it?
It's a cream with an active ingredient called MEPYRAMINE MALEATE which is basically an anthistamine. The other ingredients are ceto-stearyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol 600 monostearate, castor oil, methyl hydroxybenzoate, foin coupe (fragrance), silicon antifoam and purified water. This is the 20g tube and looks exactly as the box shows above. It's for use with any types of insect bites such as mosquitos and insect stings such as bee's and wasps, it is also good to use for nettle stings and rashes.
It does say on the packet DO NOT USE for eczema, cuts/grazes, sun burn or large areas of skin.
How to use
Just take a small amount and rub onto the bite or sting and within a few minutes the itching begins to wear off. It is slightly oily so becareful of clothing but I've not really found a problem. It does say to re-apply up to three times a day and I would say if it's a bad bite it's worth it even if you don't feel you need to it's better to keep the anthisan working on the sting than let it get aggrivated again and then apply more cream.
It says not suitable for children under 2 and also that you need to be aged 16 to purchase it.
I think the most we've used it for is mosquito bites, and nettle stings that my kids get! The sooner you get it on the better, the more you rub and itch a sting the worse it becomes so to have this to hand in the car makes it much quicker to work, rather than getting home getting it out of the cupboard and then putting it on. We ALWAYS take this on holiday as there is always some kind of drama!
It's around £3 to £3.50 (Feb 2014) and is available at online chemists and also in most phamacists and supermarkets. It's not a bad price to pay for the relief of a horrible nasty bite from little nasty insects!
A great product to have in the cupboard (and car) for those emergencies you don't expect!
So last month I went on Holiday to Barbados and I took tons of products with me! One of them was a tube of anthisan, as although I had brought insect repellent, there was no harm and bringing this along just in case. I bought a 25g tube of Anthisan on offer at the time for about £2 but it usually sells at about £4!
Anthisan is a cream which contains a medicine called mepyramine maleate which is a type of antihistamine. By applying it to the affected area (i.e. the bite) it prevents the body's reaction to an allergy. It can be bought from a range of supermarkets and pharmacists so it is widely available.
The cream comes in a simple yellow box with a picture of bees and inside is a small tube which has the same picture. I was quite fortunate on holiday as I didn't get bitten much, out of the 10 days we were away I can probably count on one hand the amount of bites I had, it seemed strange but I only had an irritating one the day we came back home to the UK!
To use the cream is quite simple and straightforward, just apply a small amount on the bite, for best results do it as soon as you have been bitten! I sadly had this particular bite on my outer thigh and was wearing leggings on the plane home so it was probably a while after that it was actually applied. Nevertheless this didn't really matter as literally within the space of 10 minutes or so the irritation had ceased!
The cream is actually quite a thick, white cream which reminded me a bit of a steroid cream I'd used for my eczema in the past. It isn't greasy or sticky, but is quite a nice consistency which makes it pleasant to use. It's also worth to note that there are of course a few precautions to take, so it is best to read the leaflet in the box before use (although I am quite ignorant and didn't!).
Overall for anyone going on holiday, where there is a likelihood of being bitten this will be a nice precautionary item to take on holiday with you, or even keep at home in the first aid kit box as my friend has used this when she had nettle rash from accidentally brushing her hand past a stinging nettle and it worked brilliantly for her. At the full retail price of £4 it is quite pricey for a small tube, but a little goes a long way and I still have a substantial amount of my tube left stored away for a rainy day, maybe even next year when I go away on holiday! So without a doubt I would definitely recommend anthisan.
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.
When I go on holiday I am a little bit of an annoying girl guide I make sure that I have almost everything for every eventuality as long as it's small and compact I will put it into my first aid bag,
Anthisan Cream is a small 25g tube of cream that is used for the relief of insect bites, stings and nettle rash. When you on holiday there is always a risk of mosquitoes and this cream works wonders if you have been unfortunate enough to be bitten. Which I have the cream stops the irritation and stops your desire of itching the bite and causing more damage.
I was unfortunate enough to be stung by a wasp for the first time last year and this cream worked wonders on the bite it stopped the irritation and calmed the sting down. Where the sting was there was there was a sore throbbing, the sting was not in there but it was painful and irritating. Once the cream was applied it eased the pain after about twenty minutes.
Before using the cream make sure that you read the directions that come in the box thoroughly to make sure you are alright to use it.
A small amount of the cream should be applied directly to the area of the bite or sting, to make sure you get the best results you need to make sure that you use it as soon as possible after the bite. If you apply the cream it also stops it from irritating you and you scratching it, which can then irritate the skin further. You can them reapply the cream two to three times a day for up to three day and this should be long enough to allow the area to heal, if not you should seek medical attention.
You should not use it on skin if the area has been cut or grazed and it should only be used on a small area not large areas. Avoid using this if your skin is sun burnt.
I purchased my Anthisan cream from Superdrug last and it cost £4 which can be expensive, which I think is a lot of money, the good thing is that if you do not use it, it has a long expiry date so can be taken away for your next holiday.
As a child I wish this was something that I wished that my mum had as the amount of times that I had as I was regularly walking along a path or playing and I would end up walking into stinging nettles and there is nothing worse as you keg is then so itchy it is uncomfortable, The dock leaf that my Nan used to swear by never seemed to be around when you needed it.
A must have for any medicine cabinet, I would only give it 4 stars because of the price, but then again this is one of the cheaper products that is on the market, all the others I have seen for bites and stings are a lot more expensive,
I wear clothes that cover my arms and legs when at my allotment or working outside for a good reason. It prevents me becoming a target for biting or stinging insects to some extent as well as providing less skin area for the likes of stinging nettles and thorns to attack. Perhaps I got carried away with the sunshine last week, but I visited my allotment wearing shorts and a vest top just to grab a few lettuces. Safe enough you would think, but by a freakish set of circumstances I was stung by a bee that crawled into my shoe and whilst hopping around to get rid of that, I slipped over and found the one spot that is populated by ants that bite. I don't usually do anything but brush ants off but these ones nipped the skin and left red patches that felt fiery. Luckily I have a first aid kit stored at the allotment and I was able to pluck out Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream to do double duty.
WHAT THE CREAM IS FOR
The cream is intended to relieve the "pain, itching and inflammation" caused by insect bites and stings as well as stinging nettle rash. I wanted something that would be multi purpose although I did notice that most similar products are. The box shows a picture of a wasp and that is what I had in mind when I decided to keep this cream to hand. I have a large fruit area and in the summer my allotment really hums with wasps and bees but I haven't actually been stung since I was a child, until recently of course. The active ingredient is the antihistamine Mepyramine Maleate 2%, and the cream may be used by those over 2 years of age although if you are taking other medicines or a herbal remedy you are advised to ask the advice of a pharmacist before use. It is a treatment that doesn't need to be asked for over the counter - I bought mine from the shelves in a local chemist where the current price is £3.59 for a 20g tube.
The cream comes in a tube housed in a box. The later seems a bit of a waste but it does provide somewhere for the patient information leaflet to go, which is brief but clearly written. It includes full usage instructions which are easy to follow, as well as the usual safety warnings such as the advice not to use this if allergic to the ingredients. As the box and leaflet could easily be discarded, I think the makers have wisely also printed the basic dosage information on the side of the tube itself too. The tube itself is made of aluminium and is smaller and less bulky than the box makes it look so it is a good size to keep in a small first aid box, or to take with you on a picnic. The instructions say that for best results the cream should be used as soon as possible after the bite or sting so an easy to transport formula seems a good idea.
The cream is off white and smells rather pleasant for a medical product. It reminds me of a delicately scented sun lotion although I can't say that the scent was much on my mind at the time. Most importantly, it feels deliciously soft and cooling as soon as it is applied to the skin. This was especially welcome on the ant bites which initially felt the worst of the two injuries, as they felt as though someone was pricking me with a hot needle. It glides on very easily and feels quite damp briefly, but thankfully there is no need to rub it in to my sore skin. I can't say that the cream made me instantly pain free but the initial relief provided by the cooling sensation was soothing enough. After a while, both the bee sting and ant bites did of course feel much less painful but it is difficult to tell how much may be due to the cream and how much to the natural lessening affects of time. I did think that the bee sting, on the underside of my foot, produced very little swelling and the next day it only felt sore when I flexed my foot or put direct pressure on the area.
The cream can be 2 or 3 times a day for up to 3 days in a row. I did not find it necessary to use more than two applications on my bee sting and these were both within the same day. I did use the cream on the ant bites into a second day as the cooling feeling wore off after about 3 hours and the area felt very itchy the next day. I used it to soothe the itching, which it does do very quickly. Unfortunately the itching came back after I had used it 3 times within the 24 hours so I had reached my maximum dose and couldn't use it again immediately. Thankfully the irritation didn't last much longer and I didn't need it on the third day. If your problem has got worse, or has not been solved within those three days you are advised not to keep using the cream but to seek further medical help.
The cream itself doesn't leave behind any residue and your hands don't feel sticky after using it so it is one less thing to worry about when you have been attacked by an insect!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS CREAM?
I would as it did make me feel very much better when applied quickly to the injured areas. I didn't have any ice to hand which may also have had a pain relieving and cooling effect and this cream is perfect for those sort of occasions. The cream did not seem to sting in itself, but obviously touching the site of a bees sting is not without discomfort! The maximum dosage did not allow for enough applications to completely cover the itching that resulted from my ant bites so I would probably seek advice about whether there is different product you could use if persistant itching was a problem for you. It is advised that you don't use this cream on large areas of skin or anywhere that suffers from sunburn or eczema. The first exclusion could be a problem if you fell in to a nettle patch as I did as a child, but under those circumstances I am sure you would want to seek medical advice. Apart from that, I would recommend this for a useful product to keep in your first aid pack. The use by date on the tube that I bought was 2 years in the future at the time of purchase so there is no harm in getting some just in case.
It is available in Boots, Superdrug and other chemists.
Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream can be used to provide immediate pain relief from the itching and inflammation caused by insect bites or rashes caused by stinging nettles.