Monday, September 7, 2009

Antiperspirant on My Ankles.

I have been drinking in every last second of summer, truly dreading the end of my second favorite season.  I love the ice cream, hot weather, lemonade, the long relaxing days.  I didn't think there was a single thing about summer I didn't like.

I was wrong.

Last night, in an effort to cram as much outside air into my weekend as possible, I went to an early evening concert with my husband and youngest son.  And I got eaten alive by mosquitoes.  They completely feasted on me as if they had never eaten before.  In between the itching, I counted the bites today.  Sixteen on one leg alone.  Sixteen, unbearably itchy bites.  I scratch, I itch, I curse, I complain.  I smack them, I obsess over them, I scratch them some more.  I can't think about anything else but the unbearable itching on my legs that won't go away.  I applied two different creams, took a hot bath, tried to pretend I didn't have the bites at all.  But the itching won't stop.

This evening, I complain to my mother.  Now here's the kicker.  My mother tells me to roll antiperspirant "not deodorant, that won't work" on my bites.  Sounds wacky to me, but at this point I am willing to try just about anything.

It worked.

The itching stopped immediately and I am amazed.  She also tells me to carry a Bounce dryer sheet in my pocket when I am outside and I won't get bit in the first place.  I don't know where she gets this stuff, but I can assure you, as foolish as this sounds, I will have a dryer sheet stuffed in every pocket from June through October from this day on.

And I'll also have antiperspirant on my ankles.


  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing. I am glad that the itching has stopped. Mosquito bites are the worst. Your mom has great advice, by the way ;)

  2. Ooh, great advice. I hate mosquito bites! I've been pretty lucky this summer, but I've found that ammonia also works on bites - but I think that antiperspirant must be a bit easier on your skin! Will try it out next time. :o)

  3. I also heard that you can put Listerine in a squirt bottle and use it to repel mosquitoes. I haven't tried it yet. Hopefully I won't forget by next summer.

    I agree with you - I want to be outside as much as possible before the nice weather is completely gone. Hope it was a good concert.

  4. I have never heard of that before... I will have to remember that... mosquitos seem to love feasting on me too. ;)

  5. That is truly bizarre... and yet I'm totally going to try it.