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How can I stop insect bites from itching? Calamind lotion baking soda pastes and other remedies only work for a few minutes. Antihistamines don't hel

How can I stop insect bites from itching? Calamind lotion baking soda pastes and other remedies only work for a few minutes. Antihistamines don't hel

Insect bite /Allergy: Anytime you get an insect bite, wash with soap and water to prevent infection, then put Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion. If it too much itchy and red, you can use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream. Other otc creams are: calmoseptine, itch-x, etc.
You also can take oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2-3 times daily or Claritin once daily for 1-2 days. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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Insect bite on ankle 2 days ago. Foot and ankle is still very swollen and throbs. Painful to walk on. Taken antihistamines and iced it. No difference.?

Insect bite on ankle 2 days ago. Foot and ankle is still very swollen and throbs. Painful to walk on. Taken antihistamines and iced it. No difference.?

Not normal: If foot and ankle is still quite a bit swollen have your PCP check you out as it can get infected? How do you know it is insect bite. It could be infection from the start. ...Read more

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I am having a reaction to insect bites. I have Extra Strength Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Nighttime, 1 50mg pill isn't working can I take 2?

I am having a reaction to insect bites. I have Extra Strength Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Nighttime, 1 50mg pill isn't working can I take 2?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): 50mg is the recommended dose but adults can take 400mg in 24 hours. Take 50mg 30 minutes before bedtime and if not effective by 30 minutes repeat the dose. If this is making you drowsy the following day you know it is too much. Your size and weight may have a lot to do with your dose. All the best. ...Read more

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I have a insect bite intolerance. Yesterday I had another bite, I'm taking prednison 30 mg p/day (5 days) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50 mg. Cooling makes it worse.

Topical sprays..: Any shortness of breath? go to the ER. Otherwise, try a topical spray - like the kind used for sunburn which contain lidocaine. Might bring some relief. Watch for redness & swelling, which could be signs of developing infection. Best wishes ...Read more

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What type of insect bite gets worse with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone cream and amoxicillin?

What type of insect bite gets worse with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cortisone cream and amoxicillin?

Insect bite: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) treats allergic reactions. Amoxicillin treats a small number of bacterial infections, but not all of them. Cortisone cream relieves some inflammatory skin lesions like eczema and poison ivy. Insect bites can lead to any of these problems, and your treatments may be insufficiently powerful. Or maybe it's a staph infection, which is resistant to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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I have hives that started after insect bite more than a week back. I started taking zyrtec. Then benadryl (diphenhydramine) and now started claritin today. The symptoms?

I have hives that started after insect bite more than a week back. I started taking zyrtec. Then benadryl (diphenhydramine) and now started claritin today. The symptoms?

Are you switching?: UWhat you didn't tell me is how you took the medications? If he if the Zyrtec wasn't working and you switch to the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and then again to Claritin, that is not surprising because you're going from a stronger to a weeker medication. Now, if you added the three, you may be dealing with a the start of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and it would be helpful to explore other causes and treatments. ...Read more

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If I got bitten by an insect, I do not have any antihistamine what aid can I apply?

If I got bitten by an insect, I do not have any antihistamine what aid can I apply?

Soap and water first: Whenever bitten by an insect, you should first thoroughly scrub the area with soap and water. If nothing else is available, an antiseptic ointment or hand sanitizer can also be used. Otherwise, application of a small amount of steroid cream can also be helpful. Applying ice to the bite can also help to reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Bitten by unknown insect. Redness and swelling to forarm. Marked with pen and doubled in size over 36hrs. Taking non drowsy antihistamines and icing?

Bitten by unknown insect. Redness and swelling to forarm. Marked with pen and doubled in size over 36hrs. Taking non drowsy antihistamines and icing?

Ice: Benadryl (or your choice of a non-sedating antihistamine such as Zyrtec, Claritin, or Allegra), ice, and ibuprofen is a good initial treatment for insect bites. Infection is a possible delayed complication. If you develop a boil, a discolored blister, fever, increasing pain, or other concerning signs, see a physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16). ...Read more

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What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

Don't know what: Insect bit you but a bed bug can leave telltale sign of a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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How to calm/soothe large insect bites?

How to calm/soothe large insect bites?

Ice and cortisone: Apply cool compresses, cortisone cream and you can take an antihistamine. ...Read more

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Healing of scratched insect bites?

Healing of scratched insect bites?

Hygine: Keep clean and apply some neosporin to the bites and no picking or scratching them. If they get red, tender, hot to the touch, or oozing see your doctor as they may be infected. ...Read more

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Could warm water help insect bites?

Unlikely: There are many ways to try to treat or soothe insect bites, but applying anything warm is not one of them. With most insect bites, there is a histamine release which causes itching and redness & anything warm will make this worse. Applying a cool compress, an OTC steroid cream (2 times a day) may help with this. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or another antihistamine may help with the itch. ...Read more

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What insect bites cause round welts?

Yes: Certainly possible. You should be able to see a dot representing the bite ...Read more

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Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

See below: All insect bites can cause local reactions which include redness, swelling, warmth and itch and this is normal bit sometimes, a person can have what is called a "large local reaction" which is a very vigorous version of the local reaction but is not necessarily an "allergic reaction". Some people can be very allergic to bee stings which can cause anaphylaxis. As for other bites, it is possible. ...Read more

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Can I take amoxicillin for insect bites?

Can I take amoxicillin for insect bites?

Not indicated for it: Amoxicillin is not indicated for insect bites as it is an antibiotic, and indicated for infections, if insect bites get infected than it may be considered but not the best choice even for that. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes be caused by insect bites?

Lymph Nodes: Regional lymph nodes may react to nearby insect bites ...Read more

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When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

They don't: Antibiotics are not generally of any use for insect bites. They will self heal over several days to a week. If the bite were also infected, the speed of action would depend on the type of infection involved. ...Read more

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Is vinegar beneficial for treating insect bites?

Depends: For some types of stings which have an alkaline venom, vinegar might help reduce the symptoms by partially neutralizing the alkaline venom in the local area. For other stings, ones that have an acid component, the vinegar won't help. ...Read more

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Which pill can I take to get rid of insect bites?

Which pill can I take to get rid of insect bites?

Bites: For severe itchy and swollen reactions to insect bites such as mosquito bites, antihistamines such as zyrtec (cetirizine) or prescription Prednisone pills may be recommended by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What kind of insect bites itch & burn really bad?

What kind of insect bites itch & burn really bad?

Insect bites: Any insect bite can burn and itch but fire ants are the ones that probably are on the top of the list. You should seek medical care right away if this happens. ...Read more

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Does allegra (fexofenadine) work for insect bites?

Does allegra (fexofenadine) work for insect bites?

Allergy, yes: Allegra (fexofenadine) is an antihistamine that could help treat hives triggered by insect stings, but will likely have less effect on bug bites in my experience. ...Read more

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What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Skin test or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms from the bite. And the type of insect involved, if known...Depending on the insect, a series of simple scratch tests can be done, or sometimes a blood testis done first. It depends on your reaction history. ...Read more

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Is there a reason hot water feels so good on insect bites?

Masking: Hot water may cause irritation/burning sensation. Such nerve signals would mask the itching sensation from the bites. You feel good because you don't feel itching. ...Read more

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Which medicine or treatment for insect bites is most effective?

Baking soda paste: Make a poultice of baking soda and water (sticky consistency) apply to affected areas. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more