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Doctor insights on: Cure For Sandfly Bites

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Can cetrizine treat sandfly bites?

Can cetrizine treat sandfly bites?

Yes: Antihistamines taken orally might be overkill. I'd try topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the acute histamine phase; for persistent redness and itching i'd use cortisone cream. In some parts of the world, sandflies can be vectors of disease, particularly the indian subcontinent and parts of the caribbean. If you have any concerns or symptoms beyond local irritation, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Possibly...: This answer can best be found on the labels of the 'insect repellants'; read them to find out. I do not believe there is a repellant for leshmaniasis though. ...Read more

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Any cure for fleas?

Any cure for fleas?

Scratching: Seriously, good hygiene helps, laundering of personal and bedclothes, vacuuming rugs and curtains, and occasionally insecticides are helpful. Be sure and comb the hair with a flea comb to get out the eggs and debris. There is no easy cure - just a lot of diligent work. ...Read more

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Best tx for mosquito bites?

Best tx for mosquito bites?

Don't scratch it...: Wash the area with soap and cool water. Keep the area clean and do your best to not scratch it. If you want medication, topical meds with diphenhydramine are a great place to start. If you can tolerate it, others find products like AfterBite effective. A word of warning: it stings after application. But for those who find it effective, the up-front sting is well worth the neutralized itching. ...Read more

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What's the best cure for infant's scars due to insect bites (ant, mosquitoes)?

What's the best cure for infant's scars due to insect bites (ant, mosquitoes)?

Prevention: Prevention is key as once the inflammation occurs and or scars they will remain there for a long time. Have your baby wear long pants and shirt whenever mosquito exposure is a possibility. If older than 6 months spray deet containing product in clothing and bare skin (that u can not otherwise cover). Use Hydrocortisone 1% if bitten to decrease inflammation and itch. If red/infected use antibx crem. ...Read more

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Treatment for mosquito bite on infant

Treatment for mosquito bite on infant

Nothing specific: If the infant is not uncomfortable no specific treatment is indicated. If the baby tends to get large local reactions to insect bites ice should be put on the bite asap. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth can also be given for extreme swelling or itchiness as well as a low dose cortisone cream. ...Read more

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Treatment for insect bites with bruising?

Treatment for insect bites with bruising?

Bruising Insect Bite: There are a number of types of insects that cause bruising through bites such as spiders, bed bugs, ticks and mosquitoes as well as stings from wasps, bees or scorpions. Treatment can be topical cortisone for itching and redness and bio oil for bruises. ...Read more

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Best treatment for buffalo gnat bites?

Best treatment for buffalo gnat bites?

Steroid cream: Prescription cream will be more effective but you can try otc hydrocortisone. Otc antihistamine may help. Cirtirazine or Loratadine are far preferable to benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Homeopathic treatment available for cutaneous larva migrans?

Homeopathic treatment available for cutaneous larva migrans?

Yes, possibly: I know of one case, shared by a homeopathic physician in india. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.Com/kw98mn6 we can learn a lot from our colleagues in other countries who may practice differently -- and also see patients with diseases seen less commonly in the us. This case required constitutional treatment, meaning a professional homeopath to review and prescribe. ...Read more

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Can mosquito bites itch for a long time?

Can mosquito bites itch for a long time?

Sometimes: Usually mosquito bites only last up to a few days; however, in those people who have a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to them, they can last much longer. Cortisone cream usually works well. If it doesn't, i'd consider seeing the doc - high potency topical steroids might be needed. Remember, scratching can lead to infection. ...Read more

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What's usually recommended for getting rid of mosquito bite scars?

What's usually recommended for getting rid of mosquito bite scars?

You can't: The bump from the bite will go away eventually most of the time. Applying a cortisone cream on it usually hastens the healing. If not, ask your doctor to consider injecting the area with a cortisone preparation. ...Read more

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Is vinegar beneficial for treating insect bites?

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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What are some natural remedies for infected insect bites?

What are some natural remedies for infected insect bites?

Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil and colloidal silver are great natural remedies for infected insect bites. Depending on how badly infected, you can take the colloidal silver internally as well. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for flea bites?

Are there effective natural treatments for flea bites?

Get away from them!: Natural treatments? If they itch, an anti-itch cream that's over-the-counter can work- your drug store's pharmacist can help you choose one. Alternatively, oatmeal baths work. However, you should address the source of the fleas (most natural way is to avoid being near the source of the fleas. Avoid scratching the bites or else you increase the risk for a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What's most effective at home remedies for mosquito bites?

What's most effective at home remedies for mosquito bites?

Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory effect. Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. ...Read more

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