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how do i make the itch of mosquito bites stop?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) gel: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a commonly used anti-histamine which comes as a topical gel and can be used on mosquitoe bites to relieve itching. It is available over the counter. Calamine lotion can be helpful as well.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stop itching.: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory effect. Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching.

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Is there a particular bacteria that causes itchiness?

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Maybe.: Interesting question. Staphylococcus infection of eczematous skin is certainly associated with increased itchiness. But its not clear if the bacteria increases itchiness or simply exploits the skin injured by scratching to cause a secondary infection.

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