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Fenistil Gel is a fantastic product used against things like insect bites, itching, sunburn, nettle rash and mild burns. It is used to soothe the area and has antihistamine and anti-allergic effects. Fenistil blocks H1-Histamine receptors, which lowers the permeability of capillaries leading to less itching. It actually does a very effective job and has worked very well with my main use of Fenistil with insect bites. As well as protecting against an allergic reaction, Fenistil also protects the area and reduces your urge to excessively scratch the area, causing more damage.
Fenistil comes in a cardboard box that has a gradient from pink to yellow, which helps evoke the soothing sensation of the gel and the ease off from irritation. The box has the blue Fenistil logo in bold letters with a more curvey 'gel' next to it in light blue. The design is quite unique and attractive and all signifies the smoothness of the gel.
The box contains a 30g tube of Fenistil gel. The tube has a similar design to the outside. It's actually metal but can be squeezed. If you bend it too much, it will break so you must be careful. This helps to keep it fresh though. The tube has a white cap, which easily unscrews slightly to reveal the silver metal head of the tube. There is a rather large hole, which the gel comes through as you squeeze the tube. It works very well and you can pretty much get out every last drop. The design is simple and works well so it's easy to use.
Fenistil has many uses as it works in a few different ways and can have the same effect on different things too. It should only be used with children under 1 year old with doctor's supervision. You may also find some side effects with using this, but I have never felt any. These can include sleepiness, vertigo, excitation, nausea, headache, dry mouth, skin rash and muscle spasms. I have never noticed any of these - it makes the gel sound dodgy, but it's not at all. Some people may be more sensitive to the ingredients however. It can be used for:
- Insect Bites
- Mild Burns
- Nettle Rash
- Jellyfish Stings
- Plant Stings
It has a wide range of uses so is very useful to keep around the house and take on holiday with you. You never know when it may come in handy! I have personally used it for insect bites and sunburn, and it has done a good job with the bites but nothing too noticeable for the sunburn. It isn't practical to spread this all over your body for sunburn, but is useful for your face. This gel is only for extrinsic use, so don't stick it in your mouth for ulcers or anything!
Fenistil In Action
When I have used Fenistil gel with insect bites, it has done an effective job. You squeeze the tube to get a small drop on your finger, as you only need a tiny amount. The gel has a faint yellow colour and is of quite a thick consistency. It absobs into your skin relatively quickly and does an excellent job at minimising the bump and lessening the itchiness. It is very soothing to put on bites as it really stops you scratching them. I they begin to itch, try to ignore it as it usually goes after this gel is on. You can use this a few times a day on bites and it really helps to soothe them and take your mind off them. It also helps them to reduce in size and heal quicker.
I have also used this for sunburn, but it doesn't do as great a job. It's not the most moisturising product for sunburn, but it does reduce the itchiness and pain from sunburn. I imagine it would work very well with things such as stings from nettles. Fenistil gel gives a rather immediate effect most the time but may take 1 to 4 hours to properly work. This is good as it lasts through a few hours as well, so you don't need to reapply too often. The gel barely has much of a smell so it's not going to attract more insects or make you smell funny.
Price & Availability
You can buy Fenistil Gel for around £4.00 from pharmacies. You don't need a prescription, but you will need to know the name. It may be given to you if you describe symptoms of itchiness or something for insect bites or stings. The price isn't too bad as you only ever need small amounts, you don't need to reapply it too often and it lasts a long time.
Fenistil gel is a really useful product that I would recommend. It has worked really well on insect bites so I would recommend getting a 30g tube for just around £4.00 if you are going away to a tropical or hot country. It helps to soothe bites as well as reduce the itchiness and helps them heal. It helps prevent and ease off allergic skin reactions to things like stings, bites and burns. It does work very well and has a soothing effect, which is backed by the lovely texture of the gel.
Thanks for reading,
Used to treat sunburns, itching, nettle rash, insect bites, and mild burns