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Antihistamine For Insect Bites
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 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
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
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
3 slightly raised red patches, 5/8" diam, inside forearm. Itch very mild. Noticed yesterday. Used benadryl, (diphenhydramine) lidex + cool compresses. Hive? Insect bites?
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.
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I have heard that over-the-counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can decrease swelling after an insect bite. Generally, how many mgs. Is needed to decrease the swelling?
25-50 for 60 y.o.: Don't really need any meds, just cool compresses. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Baking soda paste: Make a poultice of baking soda and water (sticky consistency) apply to affected areas. ...Read more