And I'm not talking a couple of irritating mosquitos, I'm talking stand still for a second and your khaki pants turn black from the unstoppable hordes landing on them. I have been utilizing a face net on such occasions....
That is way worse than it ever gets around here. I have had to use a head net once on a trip to Idaho. The parts I frequent in the PNW just don't have the swarms the way other parts of the country do.
Yeah, DEET works well up here but I HAVE been using Tee-tree oil. I know that heavy aromatic oils disrupt invertebrates' systems. I have used lavender and eucalyptus before.
Good that you know about it, many folks do not.
I have noticed that on days I don't take the meds, the bites get to me and start to itch.
I agree that it is the antihistamine that is doing it, I just never thought of using them for this application before... but I will from now on.
I actually have dealt with seasonal allergies to, and work hard to stay off of meds. Its a personal challenge/choice I don't recommend for everyone and I am not suggesting it for you. I have, however, found that making infusions with ox-eye daisy leaves and dried stinging nettle leaves is a good aid in lessening histamine response. This is especially effective if used before, during and after time of likely flare ups.
I have been off and on meds for a significant part of my life, and have become tired of the side effects of extended use. Stress level is a huge factor in allergy flare ups as well. Anyway, this is a tangent that might not be relevant to most folks on these forums so perhaps I should stop.
No... I am pretty much always on the allergy meds from about Feb through July...
So I take it that pollen is a major source of your allergies? That stretch (Feb-July) is pretty much the season of all the major pollens.
Anyway, I am glad you have found additional benefits to your allergy treatment. That's great!