Q. I am highly susceptible to mosquito bites and often get a dozen bites in the same time frame that others get one. I have tried many remedies to prevent the bites, like natural insect repellants and Vitamin B. I am still ‘fresh bait.’
Years ago, someone told me to rub hydrogen peroxide as soon as possible on the bites. Doing this alleviates the pain from the stings and itching within minutes! Best of all, the only trace from the bite is a faded pink spot the following day. The key is to apply the peroxide with a cotton ball right after the bite.
A. We cannot imagine why hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) would relieve the pain and itch of mosquito bites. This familiar wound cleanser foams on contact with abraded skin.
We’re glad this simple solution helps you. We heard from another reader that Listerine can keep mosquitoes away: “I have been using Listerine as an insect repellant and wonder if other readers have tried it. The use of Listerine to deter head lice seems to support using it against mosquitoes. I just wipe it on with a gauze pad, and it works for me!