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Dr. Otto Placik
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How do you get rid of bug bites quickly? Itch-x gel is a good choice?

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How do you get rid of bug bites quickly?  Itch-x gel is a good choice?

Early or late.: It really depends on if they are new or established. Early wounds may be treated with Hydrocortisone to prevent post inflammatory hyperpigmentation if not infected. Older scars may benefit from tradional methods with resurfacing, peels, dermabrasion, laser, bleaching, or even excision. ...Read more

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Dr. Shalini Gupta
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How to get rid of bug bites and have super soft smooth pretty skin again?

Dr. Shalini Gupta
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How to get rid of bug bites and have super soft smooth pretty skin again?

Don't Scratch: Bug bites should settle down on their own. Take precautions not to get more bites. Don't pick or scratch the skin as that will irritate the area further. You can use Hydrocortisone cream on the bite if it is not open or infected to relieve itching and inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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How to get rid of bug bites?

Dr. Joram Seggev
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How to get rid of bug bites?

Treat appropriately: I suspect that the bugs are no longer around and that you had reactions limited to the skin. You can use OTC antihistamines, such as cetirizine, fexofenadine or at night diphenhydramine. You can apply cold compresses, and then a "cocktail" of Sarna with pramoxime (good anti-itch lotion) with hydrocortisone 1% 2-4 times daily. If this treatment does not help, see a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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What do I do to get rid of bug bites?

Dr. John Chiu
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What do I do to get rid of bug bites?

You can't: Once the big bit you, you can't get rid of it. However the bump from the bite will go away eventually most of the time. Applying a cortisone cream on it usually hastens the healing. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of bug bites?

Dr. John Chiu
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Cortisone injection: Injecting the area with cortisone would be the fastest way but most people would need just a topical cortisone. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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How can you get rid of bug bites ?

Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Exterminator: If there is a bed bug infestation, then it may be best to speak with a local exterminator to help define the extent of the problem and offer some suggestions. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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How can I get rid of bug bites and the scars they leave behind?

Dr. Steven Machtinger
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How can I  get rid of bug bites and the scars they leave behind?

Dermatologist: Response to bug bites is genetic. Some people heal without a mark. Others form keloids or pigmented hard bumps. A dermatologist can help minimize these. Complete elimination is tough to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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How to get rid of bug bites and the scars they leave behind? Any ideas?

Dr. Otto Placik
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How to get rid of bug bites and the scars they leave behind?  Any ideas?

Early or late.: It really depends on if they are new or established. Early wounds may be treated with Hydrocortisone to prevent post inflammatory hyperpigmentation if not infected. Older scars may benefit from tradional methods with resurfacing, peels, dermabrasion, laser, bleaching, or even excision. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Wachs
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How do you get rid of scars from bug bites?

Dr. Richard Wachs
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How do you get rid of scars from bug bites?

Tincture of time: Scars from bug bites should resolve over time. Good skin care with moisturizers and uv sun protection can help as well. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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How do you get rid of 3 to 4 year old bug bite scars? I scratched my bug bites all the time a couple years back and they scarred over and never went away.. Now i'm extremely self conscience about it :/ please help. Maybe something that i could make at hom

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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How do you get rid of 3 to 4 year old bug bite scars? I scratched my bug bites all the time a couple years back and they scarred over and never went away.. Now i'm extremely self conscience about it :/ please help. Maybe something that i could make at hom

Prurigo Nodularis: The scar was formed from repeated scratching. Sometimes injecting a potent cortisone preparation (kenalog being most commonly used) may reduce the size. If this didn't work, then you may consult a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to get it removed. The condition is known as prurigo nodularis. ...Read more

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