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how to remove mosquito bites?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Not possible: Although topical cortisone may work but would not work overnight. Injecting the area with kenalog (triamcinolone) may, but it would be like swatting a fly with a hammer.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Decrease bite Sx's: 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 for itching.

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My baby got a mosquito bite, and now it looks infected; what should I do?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Call your doctor: A mosquito bite (or any skin lesion) that appears infected needs to be examined. If your doctor agrees it is infected, they will prescribe the appropriate treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Many dentists recommend the use of children's toothbrushes because they are smaller and can reach teeth better and softer so they don't cut the gums. There are also good adult toothbrushes which provide more gentle cleaning. The important things for people are using the appropriate toothpaste and the correct technique to brush. A qualified dental hygienist can help guide adults to effective ones.
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
Actually dentists are also qualified to show you the proper technique.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Will tca be as effective as surgery to remove warts?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Most of the time: If your warts are not large, tca is likely to be just as effective as surgery to remove them. Larger warts may not respond or may take multiple treatments to resolve. If you aren't pregnant, Aldara (imiquimod) cream may be another option. Instead of destroying the warts, it gets your immune system to attack them and can be done by you at home.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will applying duct tape to warts remove them?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Helps with removal: For those who work to remove warts using otc products the duct tape has been used as a part of the process.Wart remover (a concentrated salicylic acid) is applied to the wart & let dry, the duct tape is cut to a size bigger than the wart & applied. Removal a day or 2 later pulls off a dead layer of wart. The procedure is repeated until the wart is gone. This is a slow process but sometimes works.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do warts have to be removed by a doctor?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Resistant large: If over the counter products do not work than you need to see a doctor for other treatment options.

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