Habits that Haunt

Scratching the Itch

When you’re itchin’ to scratch … just say no! Scratching causes inflammation and in turn causes a cascade of reactions. Take a hands-off approach, and not only will those pesky bumps fade away faster, you’ll avoid bleeding, scabs, infections and the hyperpigmentation that can result from surrendering to the itch.

Instead, calm the skin with a soothing lotion and/or ice. And if you’re really bug-friendly, try taking the vitamin Thiamine. The subtle scent your skin emits with the help of this vitamin will help keep bugs at bay.

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  1. Is there an issue with taking large doses of Thiamine? What are they and what is the recommended dose to keep the bugs away?


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