Sam was a Vietnam soldier, a writer of books and articles, an illustrator and a graphic artist. He also plays the piano and writes poetry.
Sound Advice From a Life-long Sufferer
Hints for Hives and Allergies
Well, it's happened again: One of them dern mosquitoes got to you anyway, in spite of all your advanced technological efforts to ward them off. Now what? If you scratch it, it gets bigger and itches more. Is it time to exercise all the will power that's been bred (forced) into you and suffer the uncomfortable sensation of an itch that cries out for vigorous and un-checked scratching?
Not any more!
Not only is the following method good for mosquito bites, but it's good for hives caused by allergies. I say this as a general rule, and from my own perspective. I was allergic to food when I was young. I'm serious. I couldn't eat anything that had wheat in it, egg-whites, and other fruits and herbs, to name only a few. Eating foods with the offending ingredients gave me nice hives that grew until they merged one with another, and created interesting diagrams and pictures on my body. Therefore, in an effort to satisfy the requirements my body continually demanded, I had to go get shots from the doctor, and take pills. But this medication made me a zombie, causing me to get poor grades in school. So, later on in life, I sought alternative methods, which you'll read about below. One good thing about reading the advice of others, is that you don't need to go through the hundreds of failures the writer went through. You can save time and go straight to the heart of the matter, the things that ended up working well.
But before I start (=four paragraphs and he hasn't started yet?=), I should remind you that I'm not a doctor, and that these methods work for me. Your body may be unique and may not respond to the stimuli my body accepts. But I have taught others these concepts, and they mostly work, and therefore will likely work for you. If you keep that in mind, then I'll continue:
Going to Vietnam had its virtues. One was what I learned about my allergies. While there, walking through the fields and rice paddies, dodging enemy fire and pungy sticks, eating C-rations and dried Long-Range-Patrol food (LRP rations) and drinking rice paddy water doctored with purification tablets, I suffered no allergies, did not get any hives. Living in Vietnam is like living in an oven. After standing up to turn around in the morning, you've already initiated a sweat. Going on patrols always brought soaked fatigues -- from head to toe -- soaked from your own perspiration.
Back in the states, my hives came back, and I put two and two together. So I bought a membership at a spa where I played racquetball regularly, and visited the sauna room often. With that, my hives went away, and I could eat as I pleased, without having to take those heavy drugging agents. I felt three times lighter, enthusiastic, and I passed my supplemental education with flying colors.
Hence, Remedy Number One: Sweat it out.
Remedy Number Two: Use a hair brush:
When you get a mosquito or an insect bite, or some other rash or a hive for some other reason (sometimes hives are caused by applying pressure to the skin in a small area for an extended period of time), it may take a while to sweat it out. Furthermore, for one bite, or for one incident, it is not feasible to go sweat it out, somewhere. So, you go get your hair brush -- the one with plastic bristles -- and scratch away to your heart's content! You don't even have to pull the hairs out of it before you scratch! Don't ask me why it works, but it does. Your fingernails will inflame the area and make it get bigger. A hair brush soothes the hive and it soon stops itching and then goes away.
The people I've pointed in this direction thought, at first, that I was some kind of faith-healer enthusiast, or over-imaginative. One of them was scratching something that had spread and started to bleed and crust. But when she used the brush (gently, at first), the area calmed down and soon healed completely.
I'm talking of direct application! I'm talking of complete emotional closure! No need to go around the itching area. No need to use lotions. The hair brush was invented for this purpose, whether the inventors know it or not.
Okay, now that you know the main remedies, let me help you with what to do in case you don't have a hair brush handy, or you're not going into a spa at the moment: I've unbent a paper clip and used the two ends to scratch. I've also used the teeth of house or car keys. If you don't mind having a temporary tattoo on your skin, you can draw on the hive with a ball-point pen. Again, I don't know why such garbage is soothing to a hive, but it's always worked for me. Finally, if you have nothing else at all, and it's the hive and your fingernail, then scratch around the hive without touching it. It's not quite as emotionally soothing, but it seems to fool the hive, and it comes the closest to feeling like you're addressing the itch.
So now, America, you have the chance to heal emotionally, as you solve your itching problems! No more do you have to kick the dog or take that extra nip. From now on, it's smooth sailing!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Samuel E. Richardson (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on August 06, 2011:
The threat that mosquitos present is not something I've researched, although I've heard that they are responsible for many deaths.
lool:D on July 29, 2011:
I HEARD THAT THEY SPRED DISEASES SO CAN YOU DIE IF THEY BITE YOU???
Samuel E. Richardson (author) from Salt Lake City, Utah on March 18, 2011:
In case you're not being facetious, I'm serious and sincere. But, like I said, it works for me, and may not for others.
Vicky Gentry from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 29, 2011:
Kind of a cute approach, I must say, but this just might work. Never thought the fingernails could irritate, but that makes sense. Thank you!
advisor4qb from On New Footing on January 12, 2011: