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      08.08.2013 16:43
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      Good first aid standby

      ===A Home and Away Summer Essential ===

      In preparation for my recent holiday in western Scotland, I bought a tube of this cream from our local Boots store for the price of £3.39. As it's a fairly small branch there weren't too many products to choose from and I thought this looked a fairly safe bet. Knowing that bites often come up huge on me, I felt that the antihistamine properties would be beneficial. From past experience I'm only too aware that insects seem to find me tasty, and I thought it was wise to be prepared against the infamous Scottish midge and any other beasties that fancied taking a nibble. Fortunately I was only bitten once on holiday, and that was a minor 'nibble' on my face that the cream dealt with effectively. I also used it a couple of times to deal with a mild dose of prickly heart - in Scotland, can you believe? The temperature in our room at the Premier Inn was 29°C overnight that night! Within 2 days of returning home I was stung by a wasp while gardening and I was thankful I had this tube to hand, as it meant that I could apply within a minute of the sting, in the hope of limiting the damage done, so to speak. It's my experience of using it on the sting I'm mainly referring to, as a wasp sting is a tough test!

      ===Contents===

      The active ingredient is mepyramine maleate - not an antihistamine I'm familiar with but there we go. Two other ingredients are pointed out as having the potential to cause adverse reactions - usually in the form of contact dermatitis. These are cetostearyl alcohol and lanolin. I reckon there are about 7 other ingredients.

      ===Leaflet Information===

      The cream is for the relief of pain, itching and swelling caused by insect bites and stings and nettle stings.
      There aren't many contraindications for using this. One is obviously allergy. The others are eczema, being pregnant or breastfeeding [unless authorised by a doctor], and having broken, sunburnt or damaged skin. I may be being picky, but I thought there could have been advice on what to do if you fall into these categories, even if it was only 'ask your pharmacist'. There must be people who get bitten or stung while also suffering sunburn.

      This can only be purchased by someone over the age of 16 but it can be used on anyone aged over 2 years. The directions say to apply a very small amount to the affected area , 2 -3 times a day for a maximum of 3 days. If you notice any side effects not listed you should stop using straight away and see a doctor, also if someone ingests the cream or the condition gets worse. Again I'm a little surprised that there is no mention of any symptoms associated with anaphylactic shock. I'm quite conscious of this because my own father reacts badly to stings.

      The cream should not be stored at temperatures above 25°C. I suppose this is ordinarily not difficult to comply with, but it was a problem for us on that exceptionally hot day. It has a use by date on the carton, in this case 06/2015.

      ===Using the cream===

      It comes in a bright yellow cardboard carton with dark red flashes on it. The colour scheme is repeated on the tube itself. Mine is a 20g tube, which was the only size available in my local store, but the website says a 30g tube is also available.

      As with most brand new tubes, to open it I had to perforate the seal by reversing the cap, as is fairly standard with these kind of medications. Quite a generous amount of the thick, white cream exuded, and I've noticed this seems to happen every time I take off the cap. I think this results in a bit of wastage.

      I did read the instructions leaflet fairly carefully before I used it on holiday - unusually for me as I'm often a bit slack about this. Maybe I had plenty of time on my hands! Unfortunately I think the leaflet got left behind as I can't find it now. However there is quite a lot of information on the cardboard packaging and the tube itself. In addition the leaflet is found as a pdf under the product name on the Boots website.

      There is little scent to the cream, which is maybe a good thing if you don't want to attract any other insects! It does come out fairly freely and a little goes a long way. With my wasp sting, after the initial application I was unsure how much to apply and where, as the sting was under my arm not far from the armpit, and the whole arm was swollen to just below the elbow and it was all itching intensely. I was mindful of the instruction to apply a very small amount, but I did eventually apply it to all the affected skin and hoped for the best.

      Initially I was sceptical that an application 2/3 times a day would be sufficient for the sting - I had no qualms about its efficacy for 'lesser' bites and stings. What I did notice was that it was effective within a few minutes of application and the relief lasted for several hours. I would have liked to know if I could use anything else between applications, as there were times when I was desperate to do something about it and knew I couldn't use the cream yet. On one occasion I resorted to placing chilled gel packs that go with one of our cooling bags on my arm. That helped, but they warmed too quickly! I also took an antihistamine tablet on two consecutive days.

      I was agreeably surprised to wake up on the third day to find that the sting was very much better. The swelling was significantly reduced, the redness was much less noticeable, and the itching and other sensations were intermittent rather than constant. It's difficult to know how much is down to the effectiveness of the cream, as I suppose such stings would eventually get better on their own, but I'm sure it played its part. It would be helpful if you could use it more frequently, or the leaflet guided you to other safe courses of action you could take in between applications. So I'm knocking off a star, for lack of supplementary information more than for the 2/3 day issue, as the latter may be outside of Boots' control but the former isn't. With all of the information that is on there, I feel they could have gone the extra mile.

      So I do recommend this cream as a first aid cupboard standby. I find it very effective in dealing with minor bites and stings, and very helpful with more serious stings. I didn't obtain total relief from my wasp sting, but I'm unsure that any product can realistically deliver that.

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      ©Verbena August 2013

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        25.05.2012 19:45
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        Essential summer handbag item

        As its suddenly become such lovely weather, the bugs are back. I live by the seaside and I constantly have to kill bugs of an evening with the windows open.

        The worst are mosquitos and other bugs that bite, and unfortunately I seem to be quite a tasty snack for them.

        When you realise you have been bitten then try this cream by Boots. Its just like any other branded cream but it costs less at a few pounds for a small tube.

        It comes in a box with the orange packaging and the Boots logo. It says suitable for all kinds of insect bites and I have used this abroad as well so it works for foreign mosquitos.

        You need to put a small blob like really small on the bitten area. Then leave it to do its work, it might sting if you have already scratched the bite but that soon passes.

        It makes the area a bit less inflammed and the main part is that is stops it itching, enough for a scab to form and so your not tempted to scratch the skin there.

        If it itches the next day just reapply and it will stop it almost straight away.

        The cream is white and very thick, it lasts for ages as you need such a small amount. It has a screw top lid so be careful not to let it ooze out when you are applying.

        Try it if you are bitten often and find it itchy.

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        01.12.2011 19:58
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        Would never choose to buy this again

        In our opinion this Bite and Sting relief Cream from Boots is a complete and utter waste of money. It was not cheap - it cost us £3.99 for a very small 20g tube and it was actually recommended to us by the pharmacist in Boots as an itch relief remedy for our little lad - we bought it for him about a year ago when he was five and we had been on a holiday where he had suffered from a lot of midges biting him and he just could not stop scratching at the spots.

        The pharmacist advised us to gently rub this into his skin up to three times a day for a few days and gradually the itch woudl subside. It was white cream and quite a thick consistency but rubbed in to the skin well and left no greasiness or residue. The smell was nothing special in my opinion - faint hint of something but not too strong. You only need a little bit.

        It did not work at all despite us religiously using the cream for three days on those parts of his little body where the bites were. He was getting really upset and angry because me and his mum kept telling him not to scratch as they were so bad we were worried he was going to make them infected. We were told the active ingredient is an antihistimene and this woudl alleviate the symptoms.

        We would definitley not recommend this cream as it was a complete waste of money.

        Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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        02.04.2010 14:51
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        A great product that actually works, and isn't a rip off.

        I have tried a huge amount of bite creams and this seems to be the best all rounder for me.

        I suffer very badly from bites, I tend to get bitten and the skin around swells and goes red, it's always very itchy and I have to have real self control not to scratch them raw. This cream really helps a lot, I have tried many hoping for relief and when you don't get it it's incredibly annoying, so this product is definitely worth the money.

        It is a boots own product. It costs about £3.00 for 20g and it comes in a cream form.

        The packaging is bright orange and it can be found with all the insect repellants in the shop.

        The cream itself is white and very thick in consistency, it is easy so squeeze out of the tube and a little really does go a long way. I tend not to rub it in completely as I like to leave it to really soak in. I would say that this is the best relief from bites I have found, and I really have tried everything.

        This cream seems to really stop the itchiness of bites, I am terrible for scratching and if I put this cream on in the morning it will last a good 8 hours before I start itching again. So I would buy this product just for that really, but I have found it also reduces the redness and excessive swelling that I seem to suffer with bites, maybe this is due to me not scratching as much, but I find that they disappear a lot quicker with this cream. I think this can be used on stings too, but I haven't used it for that so can't comment on it.

        It takes me a good few days to recover from a bite, and this cream definitely speeds up the process. and for such a small price it is a really great product.

        I know that everyone has different skin so this may not work as well or may work even better on different people, but as a sufferer of bite reactions I always have a tube of this cream handy and it makes me confident that I will not scratch the bites.

        A great product, would really recommend for any bite sufferer.

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        11.10.2009 14:34
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        4 stars

        Intro
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        I had the unfortunate pleasure of using this product a few weeks ago after a particularly hungry mosquito decided it liked the look of my left leg.

        After a few days i really started to notice the itch, and the swelling, so i decided to go and investigate in my top drawer, and see what i could find to solve the problem!

        Fortunately, i found this!


        Ease of use
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        The product is massively easy to use. All you have to do is put some of the cream on to your finger and then massage it into the painful areas.

        At first, it does leave a bit of a sting with you, but this soon settles down and in no time at all you have really forgotten about your bite.


        Does it work?
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        It probably took about one hour for it to really tackle my bites. However, after this time the swelling decreased significantly and i was barely noticing the itch, only when i knocked my leg on the table.

        After about 4-5 hours you have to reapply, as they did begin to itch again, but this was always inevitable, the problem was never going to be fully solved by a cream - thats up to the immune system.


        Are there any downsides?
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        The one major downside to this product is the smell. If your in company of friends, putting this product is not the best thing that you can do. It leaves a little bit of an odour which is pretty rancid if your in the room.

        In my experience this is true of all bite creams though.


        Summary
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        An effective anti-bite product, something i would recommend.

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        02.07.2009 19:16
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        Keenly priced, and great for taking the sting out of insect bites

        *Mosquitoes, I hate you*

        At the beginning of May my Girlfriend and I went to Zakynthos. I'm somewhat petrified of mosquitoes and while May is early for them, I'm very much of the 'better safe than sorry' camp. As anyone who's ever been used a mosquito snack can confirm, the bites from these little monsters can itch for weeks!

        *Liposuction - apparently it's not just for people these days!*

        As well as sun tan lotion with a liberal amount of insecticide, I decided to pick up some sting relief cream. Upon returning home from Boots with my initial choice (a quick relief 'pen' type applicator), I was somewhat shocked to see that it contained mink oil. This product struck me as particularly objectionable as it's obtained:

        a) from the glands of dead minks
        b) by using a long needle to extract oil from the stomach lining of live minks.

        *A more humane substitue*

        Back to the shop I went and ended up replacing it with the Boots Bite and Sting Relief Antihistamine Cream, a product that aims for the same results without the mink lipo, using an antihistamine instead of the aforementioned animal-derived nasty. It set me back just over £3 and the Boots points were donated, as ever, to the GF. This cream claims to relive the initial pain of a bite and also the unavoidable irritation that arrives once you've been bitten by unsanitary insects. I was perhaps a little concerned about the small, 20ml tube that this came in, but use has shown me that only a small amount is required and that it's good value for money.

        *Bite me!*

        No - I've not reverted to my teenage years - but I have to admit to a certain sadomasochistic desire to receive a mosquito bite on my trip to test this out! My 'wish' was granted 3-4 days in, when I was rewarded with an itchy red lump on my calf. Steeling myself, I whipped out the cream (ooh err!) and followed the instructions, smearing on a small amount over the top of the bite. I rubbed it in as best as I could and then went to sit on the balcony to await the results of my experiment.

        It only took a few minutes before the pain was gone and itching was genuinely less noticeable than it had been with previous bites. The guidelines for the cream say that it can be used 2-3 times a day for up to 3 days, but I was fine after 3 applications over the course of the first evening and the next morning. These sorts of results were borne out with the next couple of bites I received and knowing that I had this lurking in my toiletries bag made me feel a lot less tense about the possibility of receiving any more.

        An effective and affordable product that made a real difference to both my legs and my peace of mind.

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        Soothing cream for the relief of pain, itching and swelling caused by insect stings and bites, and nettle stings.