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A 46-year-old member asked:

mosquito bite won't heal?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Something else?: Mosquito bites are sometime painful, usually itchy but really rare to not heal or get infection. Could you have gotten bitten by another critter - especially a spider which can cause a non-healing sore place. You might need this to be looked at.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Is this lack of: healing or development of scar. If scarring - Dr. L.Ciraldo recommends several different approaches: Cortisone cream, OTC fade cream, or cocoa butter can be applied to darkened lesions to help fade scars.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

If i wrap up my mosquito bites, will they heal quicker?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not necessarily: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator ; apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes ; has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste ; place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care.

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