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A 37-year-old member asked:

How to take care of a mosquito bite?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
What to do: Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you take the swelling out of mosquito bites?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
Dentistry 43 years experience
Apply antihistamine: The swelling is the result of an allergic reaction. Apply either hydrocortizone cream(10%) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. If you have many bites you can also take 25 to 50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in oral form but it will make you quite drowsy.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long should it take for a mosquito bite to disappear?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 37 years experience
It depends: If there is a lot of mast cell degranualtion with histamine release or a secondary infection you can have a problems for days to weeks.
Springfield, MO
A 26-year-old male asked:

How long does it take to get rid of mosquito bites?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 37 years experience
It depends: The severity of your insect bite reaction will determine how quickly it heals. Application of Hydrocortisone cream to the bites then covering it with a bandaid should help them to clear up within a week.
Last updated Jun 24, 2014
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