DESTINATIONS - OUTDOORS HEALTH & SAFETY
We’ve been using a Bite Away® Insect Bite Healer for years and we wouldn’t leave home without it.
Bite Away is a compact, pocket-sized medical device for the external treatment of insect bites and stings. By generating localised heat to the tiny bite
or sting area of skin the device is claimed to denature insect-injected proteins and toxins, thereby stopping the pain and preventing the histamine release that causes itching.
Bite Away features patented German technology, involving a tiny integrated micro-processor that heats a very small area of skin to around. 50 degrees C. The heat cycle is activated by two buttons: one generating heat for three seconds, for children and the other generating heat for six seconds, for adults.
Two AA batteries produce the electrical power and the unit is claimed to operate for up to 300 applications on two batteries. The housing is splash-proof, but is not intended to be submerged.
The device is said to be completely safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. It’s chemical free and leaves no residue either on the skin or in the environment. There’s a slight stinging sensation as the heat is applied through the 7mm button on the Bite Away tip, but the resulting instant relief is well worth it.
Pictured here, our grand-daughter. We helped her apply the Bite Away treatment to a mosquito bite at Christmas – now it’s the first thing she asks for whenever she gets a bite or sting. We were a little bit surprised when she told us that she’d like her own Bite Away!
We’ve checked it out on a selection of bites from mosquitoes, sand flies, ants and March flies. We’re happy to report that In all cases the Bite Away provided instant relief from itching. Sand fly bites required two or three re-applications over a few hours and the itching then ceased completely. The added benefit is that it stops itching and scratching which stops bites becoming infected.
If you’d like your own Bite Away, you can now order directly
from Outback Travel Australia – RRP $59.95 including postage.