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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Baking soda poultice: Baking soda can be used for both. Mix water and baking soda to the point that it is sticky - apply to bite or sting site.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Insect Bites: Do not pop your insect bite as you risk having an infection. The best treatment for insect bites is topical prescription cortisone or an over the coun ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mike Moore
8 years experience Family Medicine
Skin reaction: The chemicals from the bites of ants cause a reaction in your skin, which causes the itching. Medications, like diphenhydramine, (benadryl in the US) ... Read More
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Dr. Aaron Stupple
9 years experience General Practice
Histamine: Bug bites tend to itch because they leave behind some extra saliva or other products from their biting apparatus. These substances are recognized as f ... Read More
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Dr. Joshua Batt
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Histamine: Ants release a chemical called formic acid when they bite. As this is an irritant, our bodies release histamine at the site of the bite which causes i ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Worth a try >: Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 2 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Dicker
46 years experience Dentistry
ant bite: When an ant bites there is a good chance formic acid will be introduced into the wound. Most likely the formic acid, which is an irritant is causing t ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Gutman
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Actually: Many say that it will not hurt and can help with the itching and pain... For sure you will not hurt yourself.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
No: The pustule normally contains sterile material. Popping it will increase chances for infection.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Behram Dalal
31 years experience Dentistry
I wouldn't try: To drain them. You will only set yourself up for infections and possible scarring. . Instead go to the drug store and look on the itch relief secti ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Don't pop them.: The material contained in blisters from fire ants is not infectious. Breaking open the blisters increases the chance of developing an infection.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a very severe, often fatal allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can occur to virtually any allergen, but hypersensitivity to nuts and hymeno ... Read More
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