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A 44-year-old female asked:

how do i get rid of the mosquito bites on my legs. there is no itching, just red blotches that look horrible!

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Mosquito Bites: Topical treatments prescription strength cortisone cream or calamine lotion to bites. A cold pack or baggie filled with crushed ice may help, too. Oral antihistamines for stronger reactions, taking an antihistamine containing Diphenhydramine (benadryl), chlorpheniramine (chlor-trimeton), Loratadine (claritin) or Cetirizine (zyrtec) may ease your body's response.

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Airway inflammation: Since ear infections begin with inflammation in the upper airway (nose and throat), parents should avoid situations that may lead to inflammation. These include, but are not limited to: cold viruses, irritants like cigarette smoke, and aeroallergens such as pollen, in certain susceptible children.
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Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

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Lately i've had skin rashes and itchiness. Should I use calamine lotion or aloe?

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Either: Either may help with symptoms. Hydrocortisone cream which is available over-the-counter may both relieve the symptoms and help get rid of the rash. Antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will also help for both.
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How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?

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Normal kid behavior: Kids often put their fingers into their mouths. That is normal behavior for children. The best that parents can do is to keep the children's environment fairly clean, and avoid places with obvious disease risks. A parent cannot constantly follow a child around and watch the child's hands, but giving the child gentle instructions every now and then is fine to do.
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Can having type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure prevent the penis from having a full erection?

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DM & HTN: Both diseases are prone to cause impotence or erectile dysfunction. Due to atherosclerotic process and possibly neuropathy, sympathetic nerve dysfunction. Some of the meds also can cause ed.

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