Medicine: Mosquito Bites

For picnickers plagued by mosquitoes, the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week offered the following advice: 1) Spray oil of lavender on the hair and clothes. 2) Since mosquitoes have a preference for ankles, wear two pairs of socks or stockings. 3) To protect the face, use a 50% alcoholic solution of thymol, or oil of cloves in lanolin. 4) If bitten, apply immediately a weak solution of ammonia, washing soda, or soap and vinegar. A cut onion will also relieve the sting. 5) If the bite is painful, swab it with iodine in glycerin.

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