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Cupcakes, cupcakes, sweet cakes for all... Aug. 5th, 2004 03:20 pm
*zap* OW... *zap* OW Oooh, hurts when I do that...

Rather unusually for me I've been bitten by some insect(s) recently (three large bright red flat spots on my arm), and even more unusually they itch, lots. Having left my old piezo-zapper at home I picked up a new (and apparently slightly more effective) one from Boots. Used it at lunch and hadn't itched since, although I did feel a slight tingle in my arm after a few zaps.

However I'm getting ever hotter and started to itch again. So I zapped again.

This time however, the 'zap' ddin't simply dull the itching, but raced down my (possibly marginally damp from sweat) arm and shorted in my fingers. OW.

So of course I had to try it again to see if it repeated the trick ;)

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From: wechsler
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 02:52 pm (Link)
Piezo-electric bite relief gizmos. They send 13kV through the bite to numb it. From Boots.
From: wechsler
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 03:04 pm (Link)
From: barking_watcher
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 03:22 pm (Link)
The larger Ecosave model looks like a freaking Tazer, which is not surprising since it's reported to be effective against snake bites. Still you wouldn't catch me using one.
From: deliberateblank
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 04:56 pm (Link)
And just how is an electric shock going to protect against a lethal injection of poison?
From: valkyriekaren
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 09:44 pm (Link)
It doesn't, but it stops it hurting. Many of the snakes which can bite you don't deliver a strong enough dose of poison to cause more than severe itching and swelling; people can still die of the bites, though, because they scratch the bites, they get infected and hey, look, blood poisoning!
From: barking_watcher
Date: August 6th, 2004 - 07:55 am (Link)
I got the impression from the product's website that this Tazer like device was supposed to be used after you've been bitten and injected with an anti-venom.

It was only claiming to relieve the discomfort of the bite, not combat the poison.
From: deliberateblank
Date: August 6th, 2004 - 12:54 pm (Link)
I got the impression...that this...device was supposed to be used after you've been...injected with an anti-venom.

I got the opposite impression:
“You will experience immediate relief and do not apply any other method of first aid, such as cutting and sucking.”

Which seems quite irresponsible to me.
From: redcountess
Date: August 5th, 2004 - 02:42 pm (Link)
Ooh, you are in for it when Karen gets home ;-)