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How To Treat Bug Bites On Children
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
Mosquito Bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. Consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine. ...Read more
Anti-itch med: If the blisters itch you can use an over the counter cortisone cream or Diphenhydramine on them per directions on tube. If they look slightly red and infected, apply some over the counter antibiotic if not allergic to it. If severely infected, see a doctor (either pcp or podiatrist). Try to not scratch at the bites. You can keep a bandage over them to deter scratching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local care: Wash thoroughly with soap. Then apply over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream to the itchy bumps; also Sarna lotion is good for itchy rashes. Cut nails so that the scratching won't break the skin. Lastly, benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a good medicine to stop the itching, although it will make you tired! Good for bedtime--take the benadryl (diphenhydramine) pills or liquid; don't use the topical benadryl (diphenhydramine). I hope this helps! ...Read more
Sand Fleas: The most important thing about insect bites is that you get away from the insect, first of all! secondly, this is very important to make sure that these are not infected. Frequently sand flea bites are infected. This determination should be made by your dermatologist. After this time it may help to use some over-the-counter hydrocortisone. But you should first have the diagnosis made accurately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antifungal cream: Ringworm is not a worm at all, but a fungal infection, the same fungus that causes athletes foot and jock-itch. There are a number of antifungal creams that are safe to use on the face. Two tips, though. First, make sure to treat beyond the edge of the lesion - the fungus usually extends about a 1/2 inch past the edge. Second, be patient. It usually takes 4-6 weeks of continued use to clear up. ...Read more
Bed bug bites: The bites themselves are not self-perpetuating and they do not spread, but they are sometimes extremely itchy. Antihistamines can be used for the itch, as well as topical creams like cortisone 10. If a person is very sensitive and the reactions are unusually severe, oral steroids could be used, but these are not often needed. http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mild top steroid: 1 or 2.5% hydrocortisone is usually recommended if prolonged therapy is required. Axilla is a sensitive area of the body, so avoid high potency steroids, in general, though for "bug bites", which last less than a week and are not chronic, I have prescribed moderately potent steroid creams like mometasone or triamcinolone. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can use a: "cover up" concealer. You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation and treatment. But, you need to take care of the bed bug problem. Declutter entire bedroom/ home. Check this site for instructions: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ place all junk in tightly sealed plastic &. ...Read more
Chigger's bites: Often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, belt line, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesion. ...Read more
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