Aaaaarrrgghh!! Driving me NUTS........

  1. Went water skiing yesterday for the first time -- didn't do very well, but that's another story -- anyway, got bitten by lots of sea lice, midges etc, & now I have REALLY REALLY ITCHY spots all over my arms & legs -- done the polaramine thing, but it didn't help!! What else can I do -- they are driving me MENTAL!!

    BTW, already had -- a warm shower, cool bath with pinetarsol, stingose cream that I had in the car (but it was expired, so I don't think that counts...) -- any more ideas??

    *trying really hard not to scratch*
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   researchrabbit
    We used Lawry's meat tenderizer when we had jellyfish stings and sealice in Florida...don't know if you have something similar, but it worked pretty well!

    Bathing in cornstarch might also be helpful...
  4. by   OzNurse69
    Don't know what Lawry's meat tenderiser is -- so I guess I won't try that -- but I'll give the cornflour thing a go though -- I'll try anything at the moment -- just trying to stay distracted!!
  5. by   dianah
    You poor thing! When I get poison oak the creamsJUST DON'T HELP the intense itch AT ALL, I usually need Prednisone (po).
    Cool oatmeal bath?
    Benadryl (diphenhydramine)??
    ATARAX (vistaril)!!! (this works TREMENDOUSLY for me)

    Good luck!! (do an online search???)
  6. by   CountrifiedRN
    I feel your pain (itch)! I don't know what sealice are, but they sound itchy. I had chiggers last summer, and they itch like crazy! I used hydrocortisone cream, and topical benedryl. Only gave relief for a little while though.

    If you can, take something that makes you sleepy so you can just sleep through it.
  7. by   Tookie
    Ok l would have gone with the Polaramine, -Pintarsal- and cool baths etc - totaly know where your coming from for a different reason had folliculitis in the pubic area about 5 summers ago - l almost washed myslef way with the cool showers and the pintarsal - haad to have time offf - in my case antibiotics worked
    However try curash powder - l now always have it in the bathroom cupboard and for areas that may be rubbibg ie under the bra - you may want to have some soft linen/cotten (ie handkerchiefs) folded under the bra and between the skin with the powder on - it helps
    Stay in the cool If you go water skiingagain - maybe check the ski shop maybe they have some suggestions
    Sorry probably not muich help - yhink og you,
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Any possibilty that there was a red tide outbreak????
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Or a worse worry, Phyfisteria(?) in the area.
  10. by   renerian
    When hubby got the worst case of poison ivy I have ever seen in my life....(5 inches blisters...........ABD on his arms and legs to hold the drainage,,,,,,,,disgusting), he used aveno oatmeal bath.

  11. by   kids
    Originally posted by OzNurse69
    Don't know what Lawry's meat tenderiser is...
    Powdered papya enzyme, also works on bee stings, chiggers, piss ant bites, etc. Actually you can use a slice of fresh papya (like rubbing on aloe vera).
  12. by   prmenrs
    Also try a baking soda bath; worked great for my son's chix pox, easier to clean the tub.

    My sympathies, it sounds awful!!
  13. by   WalMart_ADN
    I would have more sympathy for you if you weren't water skiiing while i was shoveling in 12 degree weather....

    i'm just kiddign!!! it sounds rough, id o'nt know anything about it but whta about the old stand by...calamine lotion?