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A 37-year-old member asked:

how to take care of a mosquito bite?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 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 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a visual difference between tick and mosquito bites?

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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Usually: There are various types of ticks however most "tick bites" are smaller and less noticeable than the raised and erythematous bites of a mosquito. In addition, mosquito bites are almost always itchy whereas that is not usually the case with a tick bite.
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A 80-year-old member asked:

Got a bad mosquito bite. Any suggestion would be appreciated

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology 18 years experience
Antihistamines: Mosquito bites cause your skin to release histamine, a hormone that triggers inflammation and terrible itching. Topical and oral antihistamines such as benedryl block this reaction reducing itching. Topical cortisone cream can also reduce inflammation. Remember, for both antihistamine and cortisone the sooner you start them, the more relief you'll get.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My mosquito bites are lumpy and oozing liquid?

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Dr. Daniel Kim
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
Clean the area: Cleanthe area with any antibiotic ointment..Seek attention to r/o any sort of staph infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are mosquito bites dangerous? Or just annoying?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Bite: You should see your dermatologist for treatment. These bites can get can get infected.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What's a fast way to take care of mosquito bites overnight?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Not possible: Although topical cortisone may work but would not work overnight. Injecting the area with kenalog (triamcinolone) may, but it would be like swatting a fly with a hammer.

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