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Sand Fly Bite
Treatment:: Sand fly bites need to be treated immediately to counteract the bacteria, or venom, that has just been deposited underneath the skin. Mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with one part betadine solution and dissolve the scab that has formed. This will reveal the wound underneath that also needs to be cleaned with this solution, after which antibacterial ointment must be applied. If worsens, see a doc. ...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
Maybe not: I heard years ago that taking b1 makes us taste bad to mosquitos and can reduce the number of bites especially in children. I do not know about sand flies. I got an email saying put some pennies in a baggy of water and hang that near where you will l be and it from the pennies are too much for them. ...Read more
Antihistamines: Try first topical calamine or caladryl lotions or eurax, may try Benadryl spray and or oral antihistamines like allegra, Claritin or zyrtec during the day or benadry, chlortrimeton at night if you don't have contraindications ( narrow angle glaucoma, bladder retention etc) . Bite from insects may infect the skin with bacteria requiring antibiotics if there is redness, warmth, drainage, or fever. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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