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what do i treat an insect bite with to stop itch?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Insect bite: If the insect bite is mild, apply a topical cream to ease pain and provide itch relief. Creams containing ingredients such as hydrocortisone, Lidocaine or pramoxine may help control pain. Other creams, such as calamine lotion or those containing colloidal oatmeal or baking soda, can help soothe itchy skin. If you have difficulty breathing go to the er as soon as possible.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Antihistamin steroid: Oral or topical antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine will take the sting away quickly but temporarily. The dosing will have to be repeated regularly to maintain effectiveness. Topical steroids such as Hydrocortisone will take a little longer to work but probably, ultimately, will be more effective. You can use both.

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How to stop the itch from sand fly bites?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphen hydramine) will help itching although it may make you sleepy. Topically, you can try some Hydrocortisone cream. You can get both without a prescription.

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