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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can you do to treat severe swelling from a mosquito bite?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Apply ice: 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.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I got a mosquito bite, how to treat?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You can make a : Salve with 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water. Mix and apply to affected area. Take care.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you take the swelling out of mosquito bites?

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Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
Dentistry 42 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 31-year-old member asked:

What can you do to treat mosquito bites?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tx: 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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat redness from mosquito bites?

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Dr. Yusr Aboushaar
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Mosquito Bites : Try antihistamine cream like Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do mosquito bites cause swelling?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: All bug bites can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain and itch like mosquitos. This occurs due to histamine release due to the saliva of the mosquito/bug, but there are other venoms in the bites that can have an effect too. And this can occur immediately or even hours after the bite.

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