Zap-it Mosquito Bite Relief
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Mosquito Bite Relief
Walking Accessories and Gift Ideas
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I am one of those people for whom a nettle sting or a mosquito bite results in days of itchy misery - usually only relieved by taking anti-histamines. So - I was really very interested in trying a Zap-it.
The Zap-it is a small device that you locate over the place where you've been bitten (or stung) and click a few times. Each click - which feels like a a slight pinch - generates a tiny electrical charge that is supposed to stop the build-up of histamine.
Does it work? Well - yes - although for maximum effect you do need to use it as soon as possible after the bite or sting. On my first day with it, I found myself using it an hour or so after I'd encountered a batch of nettles. So I'd already experienced the usual 'eruption' so whilst there was some temporary relief I still had the itchy lump to contend with. On my second outing, I was carrying the Zap-it (it comes with a short lanyard) around my wrist and as soon as I felt the nettle sting I clicked around the area about half a dozen times. (Nettles are seemingly unavoidable this summer on some otherwise extremely enjoyable Sussex Downs walks!) To my relief, although there was a spot it was certainly much less tichy and didn't swell in the way these things usually do on me.
Whilst there are some people* for whom the Zap-it may not be appropriate (eg young children, people who are epileptic or have pacemakers) and situations* (immediately after applying insect repellant) - for many this little device may reduce the likelihood of those mossies, nettles etc spoiling your summer walking.
* As outlined on the manufacturer's labelling,
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• I bought one of these when I went to Brazil in 2008, wore it on wrist and used it often. It works. Took it to South Africa later that year. Now carry in my daypack wherever I walk, and regard it as essential kit.
Christine Burridge, Sunderland
• I was surprised to find this little gadget seems to work. It is now part of my first aid kit. But as prevention is better than cure... keep up your vitamin B supplement (Marmite, beer or tablets) and you probably won't need to use Zap-it or antihistamines.
Carlo Gilmour, Owslebury
• I've had one of these for years, never go out without it. Brilliant on horse fly bites as well as mosquiito and midge attacks, especially if you can zap them immediately. Camping and walking holidays had been a real pain till I got a zapper, cheaper than antihistamine cream (especially if you pick one uo when Aldi or Home Bargains have them in!) and far more effective.