How did we manage in the days before Google? Seriously - how did we cope? All the answers to all the questions just a mouse click away. I have had to remind my daughter this week that you can't necessary believe all that you read on there, and you never know how qualified an apparent expert is so should take some of it with a pinch of salt, but on the whole, it's a great place to browse.
So when I discovered that I had two insect bites on the inside of my wrist (how on earth did that happen?) and woke myself at 6am on Friday because I had scratched them to pieces in my sleep, I found myself googling home remedies. I knew I had seen something, somewhere about an insect bite and a hair dryer and sure enough, a whole page of suggested sites came up.
You know that absolutely glorious feeling of scratching something that is itching you to distraction? That feeling of exquisite bliss as you really get going, but the minute you stop ... the itch comes back with a vengeance and far worse than it was pre-scratch. Well when you start holding the hair dryer close to the itch (switched onto it's highest setting) you get that feeling, hold it a little longer and you will notice that the itching isn't quite so bad. Then suddenly you realise it isn't itching any more but you need to turn the dryer off because your skin has gone quite pink.
I don't know the science behind it, my only medical qualification is an O level in Human Biology taken back in the 70s, all I can say is that it works. Or should I say, it really worked for me! Speaking as someone who only has to sit down in an open air restaurant on holiday for the local mosquito population to swarm in and feast on any bare skin this could be a brilliant handy hint to have learnt.
So in the spirit of passing on a little knowledge that we have learnt, courtesy of Sian, I'm sharing my little bit of Dr Google knowledge.