A mild NY winter and a wet spring led to a summer of bug and bug bites. Even into August the mosquito activity is still moderate according to the Weather Channel. Black flies are a big issue for outdoor fans in the summer upstate. With plentiful June rains the poison ivy, sumac and oak abound. This means lots of bites and itchy skin. With one son who reacts strongly to bug bites I am always on the lookout for new products that will give him relief.
This spring Allegra, know for allergy products, released a new line of anti-itch creams. The antihistamine creams come in an intensive relief or cooling relief version. When a bug bites you your body releases histamine which causes the itching sensation. The antihistamine reduces the itching sensation. With the daily onslaught of mosquito bites we had a chance to really see what product/product combo would work best. He found that alternating the Allegra Intensive Relief with Cortizone10. He did not like the cooling action of the cooling relief. The combination of the antihistamine and the hydrocortisone worked best because he would get itch relief from the Allegra and a reduction in inflammation from the Cortizone.
My other son just used the Allegra Cooling Relief. He said it really did take the itch away and as a result the bites cleared quickly. I brought the product to the pool and on bike rides and across the board people said they like the feel of the cooling relief product.
Both versions have moisturizers to help calm the skin. Allegra is known for its allergy relief products, so the foray into the anti itch creams makes sense. The Allegra Cooling Relief and Intensive Relief products are both definitely worth a try. Fall and winter will bring a new batch of biters out, so be prepared.