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Why is calamine solution applied on the skin where an ant bites?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 30 years experience
Neutralization: Calamine solution contains zinc carbonate (basic ph) and ant's sting contains formic acid. The reaction between the acid and the base neutralizes the effect of the sting. Taking an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin and applying a topical steroid cream also help.
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Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 30 years experience
To reduce itching: Calamine is a combination of zinc oxide and ferric oxide or zinc oxide and zinc carbonate which helps reduce itching. Calamine is a mild antiseptic and astrigent.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 38 years experience
Stops the itch: Calamine lotion stops the itching caused by ant bites. You will need to apply it several times a day.
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Last updated Jun 15, 2020

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