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How should I treat my big itchy bug bites?

How should I treat my big itchy bug bites?

See below: Antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (oral or topical creams) will hep reduce the itch as will Hydrocortisone 1% (cortaid). Also, as hard as it is, try to resist itching the areas. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

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


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I have multiple bug bites from over a week ago. Reddish, 2-3 inches in diameter. Not itchy, no other symptoms. I have another bite that I did not scratch and it went away. I was wondering if I made it worse by scratching. ?

I have multiple bug bites from over a week ago. Reddish, 2-3 inches in diameter. Not itchy, no other symptoms. 
I have another bite that I did not scratch and it went away. I was wondering if I made it worse by scratching. ?

Avoid scratching: In order to help your bites heal I would avoid scratching. Your nails are dirty as well and puts you at risk for skin infection. Take OTC antihistamines to help with itch symptoms if applicable and apply OTC hydrocortisone cream to areas that are affected to reduce symptoms. See primary doctor if bites look infected. ...Read more

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My son has a patch of itchy hard bumps on his back? Bug bites? IMG_2601.JPG

My son has a patch of itchy hard bumps on his back? Bug bites?
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Can't see image on: HealthTap Basic. This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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My 18 month old has some bug bites. What can I do for him to relieve the itchiness?

My 18 month old has some bug bites.  What can I do for him to relieve the itchiness?

Topical creams: Over the counter topical itch creams, such as those with Diphenhydramine (benadryl) and 1% hydorcortisone (cortisone 10) will help relieve the itch. You don't need to goop them on - a dab the size of a pea, dotted around the arm (for example) and rubbed in is enough. If the itch is bad, oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help too. ...Read more

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Ive been having reoccurring bug bites but my roommate has not. the bites are red and itchy with a flesh tone hard center. They spread out to be big ?

Ive been having reoccurring bug bites but my roommate has not. the bites are red and itchy with a flesh tone hard center. They spread out to be big
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Allergic?: Try benedryl and OTC anti-itch creams - ask the druggist. Keep skin clean/dry - dilute vinegar can help itch too. If you are sensitive and roommate's not, that can explain it. I'm always more bitten than others and react big too! I know how it feels. See a doctor if it gets too bad. Don't scratch!! ...Read more

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Ive been itchy all over my body 3 weeks now, the worst itch ive had and it honestly looks like bug bites and i did find a bug which i took a pic of while i was showering tonight on my body?

Ive been itchy all over my body 3 weeks now, the worst itch ive had and it honestly looks like bug bites and i did find a bug which i took a pic of while i was showering tonight on my body?

Could be the bug: or otherwise, something you are allergic to, or urticaria, you can try an antihistaminic OTC, but be careful if driving or operating machinery, and see your doctor if no improvement, you might need prescription medications ...Read more

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What to do if I have red itchy bumps and appears to be bug bites?

What to do if I have red itchy bumps and appears to be bug bites?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Two red itchy bumps like bug bites they just popped up?

Two red itchy bumps like bug bites they just popped up?

They are probably...: Just bug bites. We have all had them just pop up without knowing what bit us at one time or another. If they persist or get infected, see a dermatologist. ...Read more