A 25-year-old member asked:
How long do mosquito bites itch for?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 51 years experience
Days: Usually last for a few days, rarely over week.
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Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
Longer if you itch: Them. Itching will go away within days if you don't scratch.
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A few days usually: Occasionally, people will have a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to mosquito bites. I am one of those people. The initial redness (relatively mild) lasts a day or two, followed by persistent redness and itching that goes on for a week or more. Hydrocortisone cream is your friend under these circumstances.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Can mosquito bites itch for a long time?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Sometimes: Usually mosquito bites only last up to a few days; however, in those people who have a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to them, they can last much longer. Cortisone cream usually works well. If it doesn't, i'd consider seeing the doc - high potency topical steroids might be needed. Remember, scratching can lead to infection.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
What causes mosquito bites to itch?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Histamine: Histamine release is part of an inflammatory response. This can cause itching.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
What should I do about a mosquito bite that doesn't stop itching?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Mosquito bites: 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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A female asked:
How do you stop a mosquito bites from itching?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 33 years experience
Mosquito Bites: Mix baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the site of the mosquito bite. The chemistry of the paste will react with the toxins in the venom to neutralize the acid and provide immediate relief from itching.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
What causes the itch and swelling of a mosquito bite?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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