Best anti-itch cream for hunters – our top picks
Keep your mind on the quarry and off that irritating bug bite with our selection of the best anti-itch cream for hunters
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When it comes to kit you need when venturing out for a stalking session, you think of obvious things like rifle (goes without saying I’d imagine), as well as any scopes, sticks, ammo and the like. But one thing you should consider, especially as we roll on towards spring and summer, is a good anti-itch cream should you get bitten by bugs or stung by a thick nettle bush. (Looking for kit ideas? Click here for our lists on kit we’d all love to have, the best stalking kit, as chosen by a pro, and the best fox control kit.)
Not being as wrapped up as we are in winter, it’s all too easy to leave a trailing arm free to run through nettles or thorns or to realise too late when bitten by any number of insects in the British countryside. So with a good anti-itch cream, you can be sure that you’ll be able to concentrate on the task at hand without having that annoying hum constantly taking up space in the back of your mind, leaving you desperate to scratch!
We think of anti-itch creams as a ‘something you have in the hope you won’t need’ sort of item, but it is definitely worth having nonetheless, just in case. Here are the best options we’ve found, from actual creams to sprays and even pens.
Best anti-itch cream for hunters
- Size: 100g
- Non-greasy and non-staining
- Directions: use 2-3 times daily
- Relief for 6-10 hours
This anti-itch cream for hunters is a one-size-fits all solution to any irritation you might encounter in the field. Not only does it claim to sooth nasty bug bites, which can be common at the height of summer, but it also helps with allergic rashes, hives, nettle rashes, and sunburn amongst other issues. So while you obviously don’t want to get bitten or stung, you can be sure that you needn’t have to wrap up completely in blistering hot weather, because if it does happen, you’re covered.
- Size: 20g
- Suitable for children over 2 years
- Store below 30°C
- Apply 2-3 times a day
Great for relief from insect bites, insect stings and stinging nettles, this anti-itch cream works by blocking histamine release in the body and therefore works in tandem to inhibit pain, itching and inflammation. Be sure, however, not to use this anti-itch cream on sunburnt or grazed skin.
- Comes in stick form
- Directions: One-click solution
- Suitable for 4 years and above
This item is a little bit more pricey but it would be worth it should the need arise. Using pulse technology to rapidly metabolise mosquito saliva, this item simulates the detoxification reaction of the human body after being bitten. But far more than just being for mosquito bites, you can also expect relief for wasps, bees, bumblebees, horse flies, ticks, mites, house flies, gnats, fleas, spiders and more. Just about any insect you can find in the British countryside, this item can protect you against.
- Size: 50ml
- Spray on rather than cream
- Can be used by ages 3 and up
You may not be troubled either way, but for some it might seem a bit of an inconvenience to apply a cream and then wait for that to sink in, and we all know that feeling of having cream sit on our skin under a shirt or beneath trousers. So if that is a deal-breaker for you, then this item, which is applied directly onto the area via spray, should be worth considering as an alternative. Though it is delivered by different means, it works just as well on all the types of bites and strings as listed above for other entries, including nettle stings and insect bites.
- Size: 14ml
- Suitable for ages 2 and above
- Directions: Run the pen along the problem area
This anti-itch cream will protect you against irritations caused by bites for most bugs you can think of, and certainly anything you’re likely to find if you’re stalking in the countryside in thick bush and tall grass. Protecting against bees, wasps, nettles and even jellyfish, as stated, you can rest assured that you won’t have your day ruined by that constant nagging hum of stinging or itching.
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- Size: 25g
- Directions: Place flat end on bite and click
- Claimed to last for up to 1,000 bites (or 5 years)
- Do not use if you have a pacemaker
A slightly different option, this item is perhaps the most handy to have in the field, not only providing instant relief with a few clicks on the area causing the issues but also coming with a handy lanyard so you can keep it on you. Providing relief from bug bites and stings, if you find yourself deep in the countryside in the height of summer with bugs all around, this can be your best friend.