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    Hi all
    First visit to the forum for a few years. Had some fantastic help here previously when applying for my wife’s ILR and Citizenship.
    Looking for advice re avoiding insect bites when in Thailand. Going again in two weeks. I’m fine when in cities, or at coast/islands. But I get bitten quite a lot when we are at her family home outside Roiet city. It’s rural, agricultural land. I can get bitten inside the house and outside. Not only at night time either.
    I realise many probably get this. And was wondering if anyone has found a solution that actually works?
    Thanks in advance

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    Best Solution for me has been the little white and pink bottles of Soffell lotion that can be bought in 7-11, Family Mart, Boots etc in Thailand for around 50baht. Always provided the best solution for me :-)

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    Thanks. Will try it. Bought some wristbands too. Worth a try

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    Yeah the cheap bottles from your local 7/11 works wonders.
    Sometimes i get some nasty bites, I just dab abit of Tiger Balm on them. Worked wonders for me

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    So the Soffell helps prevent bites and the Tiger Balm soothes any that we do get?

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    Anything with DEET in the ingredients is great for mosquitos..You can buy it cheaply in Wilkos before you go..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tudorowen1 View Post
    Anything with DEET in the ingredients is great for mosquitos..You can buy it cheaply in Wilkos before you go..
    Thanks. Think I’ve read somewhere that Deet can cause issues if too high a concentration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanto View Post
    Thanks. Think I’ve read somewhere that Deet can cause issues if too high a concentration?
    Quite coincidentally a work colleague of mine, who also happens to be an "ammer" , has been asking me this afternoon about mozzie protection for his trip to China.
    I recommended DEET 100, which I have used in the past. When I googled it for him I found out that it has been taken off the market and only the DEET 50 version is now available
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    Quote Originally Posted by N Barton View Post
    Quite coincidentally a work colleague of mine, who also happens to be an "ammer" , has been asking me this afternoon about mozzie protection for his trip to China.
    I recommended DEET 100, which I have used in the past. When I googled it for him I found out that it has been taken off the market and only the DEET 50 version is now available
    I had a quick look last night and 50% seemed to be the highest. I did see somewhere though that trials say 30% is just as effective
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    My personal opinion is that nothing will ever stop them totally and, for me anyway, it's a damage limitation exercise.
    My son swears by garlic tablets but experts say they only offer mild protection. As I said I normally take 100% DEET but looks like thats no longer an option. I do like the soffell as well.
    Putting tiger balm on bites done nothing whatsoever for me but others have said it done the trick. I take a hydrocortisone cream to put on the bites and I find it works fantastically. Boots do their own version but you will probably find they will only sell you one tube. So it's superdrug for their version then Tesco for theirs, they are all the same thing
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    I always buy Soffell when I'm over there. I buy both the cream and the spray.
    Always apply it when I've got my shoes on then wonder why I get bit when I take them off.

    I've taken the Boots one before but find it to be quite strong smelling.

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    Well my wife tells me that I’ve tried Soffell already. And it worked partially. Tiger Balm does nothing for me after being bitten. So I’ll try something with higher Deet content such as Trek 50. Fingers crossed

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    I would deffo try a tube of hydrocortisone for the ones that get through your defence
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    Quote Originally Posted by N Barton View Post
    I would deffo try a tube of hydrocortisone for the ones that get through your defence
    Will definitely get some. Thanks for the advice

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    Always were long trousers in the evening and socks if possible also a long sleeve shirt. I read some where that mosquitos do not like light colours too. Anything with DEET works but you need to cover all exposed skin and not miss a bit. Always stay in lit areas at night.

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    I used to suffer really bad reactions to mosquito bites when I first arrived to live in Thailand. I used to get huge welts that were so itchy that they made me feel ill, the itching lasted for a week or longer.
    I believed I have or had Skeeters syndrome, https://www.health.com/condition/ski...eeter-syndrome Good tips here.

    I used Sofell even indoors and took a citerizine tablet in the morning and at night.
    Now after 5 years here I don't use anything I still get bitten but provided I don't scratch the itch is gone in 20 minutes. And if going out I take precautions.
    The itch is still intense but washing the bite area quickly with cold water helps. But don't scratch the bite seems to be the answer.

    If you find the itching really bad here is a tip that may help. It will drive the health and safety brigade mad.

    The nerve for itching, pain, hot and cold are the same. For me I have found by placing a mug with hot water in it, as hot as you can take it and placing the mug on the bite area it relieves the itching by confusing the nerve. It also seems to disperse the histamine that the body sends to the bite area that causes the itching.
    Now of course you must use common sense here to avoid getting burned so don't use boiling water in the mug. This what I do and I am not recomending anybody else does it lol. But it works for me. People also use spoons but I found the heat went to quickly to be effective. https://lifehacker.com/use-a-hot-spo...ites-615912899

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    Most chemists in Thailand sell what they call Bethasone-N cream, which is basically the same class of medicine as hydrocortisone and it can be bought over the counter. Just avoid Betnovate brand, as you will pay a fortune, especially in Boots. Any of the generic brands are the same and much cheaper.

    I used to use Off! for mossie prevention and still carry a can in the car, but rarely , if ever use it. Having lived here for a while now, the mossies seem to have, by and large, given up interest in me. But if going into the bush or more rural areas, then I still use Off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KhunIanB-UK View Post
    Best Solution for me has been the little white and pink bottles of Soffell lotion that can be bought in 7-11, Family Mart, Boots etc in Thailand for around 50baht. Always provided the best solution for me :-)
    Second this. Always works well for me. I would also get yourself some of those smelly burning sticks/coils (sorry no idea what they are called). One of them lit around your feet area seems to keep mozzies at bay when sat outside.

    Tiger Balm does nothing for me if I get bit. The MIL used to give me some good stuff, a course white (damp) powder to put on bites. I looked like a patchwork quilt but it took the sting out straight away, sadly she is no longer with us and I have no idea what it was called or what she made it from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    Always were long trousers in the evening and socks if possible also a long sleeve shirt. I read some where that mosquitos do not like light colours too. Anything with DEET works but you need to cover all exposed skin and not miss a bit. Always stay in lit areas at night.
    I’ve also read to avoid bright coloured clothes. And not to use aftershave or perfumed antiperspirant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary & Nok View Post
    Second this. Always works well for me. I would also get yourself some of those smelly burning sticks/coils (sorry no idea what they are called). One of them lit around your feet area seems to keep mozzies at bay when sat outside.

    Tiger Balm does nothing for me if I get bit. The MIL used to give me some good stuff, a course white (damp) powder to put on bites. I looked like a patchwork quilt but it took the sting out straight away, sadly she is no longer with us and I have no idea what it was called or what she made it from.
    My Mother in Law did buy some of those coils type things last year while we were over. Reminded me of curly insense! Tiger Balm doesn’t work for me either

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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post
    Most chemists in Thailand sell what they call Bethasone-N cream, which is basically the same class of medicine as hydrocortisone and it can be bought over the counter. Just avoid Betnovate brand, as you will pay a fortune, especially in Boots. Any of the generic brands are the same and much cheaper.

    I used to use Off! for mossie prevention and still carry a can in the car, but rarely , if ever use it. Having lived here for a while now, the mossies seem to have, by and large, given up interest in me. But if going into the bush or more rural areas, then I still use Off!
    Great information. Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanto View Post
    My Mother in Law did buy some of those coils type things last year while we were over
    I normally burn one of these in the bedroom overnight as well, much to the wife's annoyance as she claims that they stop her from breathing - I can always hope haha
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