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Over The Counter Bug Bite Meds
Maybe? no!: That insect bite on the knee may actually ber a community acquired staph infection, whcih may complicate into an infected bursitis. Since clinical efficacy is measured by a decrease in swelling, erythema, pain, any ethical doctor would be appalled if the knee were not examined prior to prescribing an antibiotic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reduce Symptoms: No good "cure", but you can do a lot to reduce symptoms, generally with topical remedies. Start with Diphenhydramine cream or topical anesthetic "sticks". Better is prescription strength steroid cream. Some argue for topical raw (freshly sliced) onion! works for bee-stings too. For truly "all over" bites, consider an oral steroid, but this is a prescription you must get from your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on severity:
Tonsillitis is usually a viral or bacterial infecion of the tonsils. IN most cases, it settles without ANY treatment (although is is painful and uncomfortable). However, in a small set of cases, it can complicate and cause serious morbidity.
If you have a mild case of sore throat, it might be sufficient to use an oral rinse such as Andolex C, and pain killers like Paracetamol. If worse, see an ENT ...Read more
Severe itching all over and small red bite-like rash all over except face for 4 plus wks. No bed bugs, no new detergent or meds. Rx: ativan (lorazepam) & vicodin?
OTC works: The over the counter medicine works just fine. Repeat the dose in 2 weeks to finish the job. ...Read more
Insect bites, not healing possibly bed bugs post trip to Nepal. Tried all medical/medication advice, have over 100 on my torso, not improving?
Big bites: Bed bug bites are usually self limiting and heal on there own in healthy patients. Cortisone creams or antihistamines may help with the symptoms. It could also be an active scan i.e. Infestation and there are very good over the counter soaps that you can purchase. A quick internet search and visit to your local pharmacy should be enough to rid yourself of this problem. If not, see your primary doc ...Read more
Usually not: Need to see your physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I've applied the permethrin, but the itch is intolerable. Can I apply Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on top of this? Any oral histamine blockers? Zantac?
How to relieve bug bite on three yr old. Tried hydrocortisone, cool cloth, tylenol (acetaminophen). Son can't sleep because of it. Gets welts from bug bites.
Antihistamines: in addition to what you have done, is it a mosquito bite or a bedbug, or was it a bee or ant sting, if getting this exaggerated reaction every time, or has other symptoms such shortness of breath or hives all over, better see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more
New onset anorexia?: Appetite is a complex process mediated by the brain, emotions, metabolic needs, health of the gut & surrounding organs. Lack of weight loss would be good news here. I recommend a visit to your doctor to discuss the circumstances that preceded your anorexia & that may contribute to its persistence. Simple testing is much more appropriate than delaying appropriate treatment with ?futile OTC agents. ...Read more
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