This week I found not only my PJs but also my pillow had become home to mosquitoes. Not the nicest thing to find when your head hits the pillow it has to be said.
Being someone mosquitoes love to snack on and knowing that bites and stings are a lymphoedema risk, it seems it is that time of year again when I need to find ways to keep the little buggers away from me.
Here a few things I know work and a few new ones that are worth a try:
- On my affected arm swap the E45 and Argan oil combo to Avon – Skin so Soft, which contains citronella.
- Get out the citronella tealights and start using those instead of my regular scented candles.
- Get some more lavender, rosemary, lemon grass and marigolds planted up in the garden.
- When opening windows in my bedroom remember to use the fly screens too.
- Cook with garlic more.
- Get out my mosquito swatter just in case.
- Make sure there’s no standing water inside or out.
- Cook with soy bean oil.
- Cut down or cut out perfumed products, especially when going outside.
- Wear long sleeved, light coloured tops with a tight weave.
- Avoid excessive exercise particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are out. Sweat, carbon dioxide and warmer body temperatures are also very attractive to them.
(Source: Amelia Island Mosquito Control)
In the prevention of Lymphoedema of the arm the advice is to: “Avoid constriction around the armpit, arm and wrist from tight-fitting bras, sleeves and clothing or heavy shoulder bags.” Also to: “Wear a loose-fitting bra with padded straps that don’t dig into your shoulder.”
Carrying a shoulder bag on my unaffected arm felt a little odd at first, as it wasn’t my dominant one but it didn’t take long for it to become second nature to me. Also, instead of choosing bras with padded straps, I decided to go for strapless ones instead, so I can wear any kind of top without having to worry about the straps showing or digging in.
Source: Breast Cancer Care UK and American Cancer Society
Before, I wouldn’t think twice about the odd scratch or burn here and there but now I have to try to be a bit more mindful about what I’m doing around the home. So I’ve bought myself a pair of washing up gloves, extra long oven mitts and arm protectors for gardening just to be on the safe side.
Apart from washing up gloves, which you can pick up pretty much anywhere, it did take a bit more hunting to find the others. In the end Amazon came up trumps with gardening sleeves by Planto, which have Velcro straps so I can adjust them to the size of my arm and are super thick, so I know I’m going to get good protection from any nasty rose thorns.
I couldn’t find any extra long oven gloves that I liked on the high street so in the end took the plunge and bought a silicone pair from Amazon. Luckily they turned out to be super comfy and the cover nearly my entire arm. Result!
- Washing up gloves
- Gardening gloves and arm protectors
- Extra long oven gloves or mitts
- Thimble for sewing