Start by testing it first. I put a small amount on a q-tip and rubbed it into my calf. I, first, wanted to make sure I wasn’t allergic to it. And, second, I wanted to see how badly it did or did not sting. While this test was good, it did not prepare me for having it actually used on my bare bottom.
If or when you have this applied to your bottom, use a small (SMALL) amount! Use it only on the sit spots. Be very careful to not get it anywhere else, especially sensitive areas. We used an applicator thing made for suntan oil/sunscreen to apply it. Captain used about a pea sized amount on each cheek. It was more than enough! It felt like a bare bottom paddling that lasted for hours! It wasn’t enough to keep me from sleeping but it did interfere with my sleep. And intensified every time I turned over. I woke up often throughout the night.
I’ve read that olive oil can stop the reaction. I also know that water (as in washing it off) will only intensify the sting/burn.
I also recommend that you have your hoh stay with you. I don’t think I would have made it through last night without his steady voice there. He’d ask how I was doing or comment of my wiggling and squirming. Just his presence helped me take a deep breath and get through it.
We will not be using this often at all. I am still glad we tried it, but its way more than I had anticipated. Please proceed cautiously if you decide to try this.
I waited a couple of days to post this. I wanted to see how long the effects lasted. I also wanted a bit of time to gain some perspective.
When I showered that night (about 20 hours after the application), it “reactivated” that evil stuff again. It’s was like being paddled all over again. I also noticed it seemed to spread out more. It wasn’t as intense, but I was still squirming in my seat.
Please be cautious.