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Dr. Linda Spencer
Board Certified, Dermatology
31 years in practice
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How do I stop getting gnat bites?

Dr. Linda Spencer
Board Certified, Dermatology
31 years in practice
150K people helped
How do I stop getting gnat bites?

Avoid fragrances: Gnats might be attracted to traces of fragrances on your body from personal care products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, and antiperspirant. Even laundry products could leave fragrance on your clothes. Use fragrance-free laundry and personal care products, and use bug repellant when you know you'll be outside. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. John Ebner
Board Certified, Dermatology
13 years in practice
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Does crossing gnat bites stop them itching?

Dr. John Ebner
Board Certified, Dermatology
13 years in practice
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Does crossing gnat bites stop them itching?

That's what I do :): Your question made me smile. I do the same thing with insect bites that are very itchy. I think it helps because what you are doing by using your fingernail to make a cross on the skin where it itches loads the nerve with a pain sensation which overpowers the itch receptors and helps relieves the itch. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Alan Jackson
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
25 years in practice
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Could you tell me ways to stop gnat bites from itching?

Dr. Alan Jackson
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
25 years in practice
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Could you tell me ways to stop gnat bites from itching?
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
12M people helped
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What is best to use on buffalo gnat bites?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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What is best to use on buffalo gnat bites?

All bites...: By insects are basically treated the same way, usually with corticosteroid creams, plus an antibiotic if an infection should develop. And remember to apply an insect repellant the next time you go to the area where you were bitten. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Julian Bennett
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
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Gnat bite about 2 weeks ago very painful to touch n swelled, has gone down in size but painful still and lump. Had a puss spot init and hickey dots near

Dr. Julian Bennett
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Gnat bite about 2 weeks ago very painful to touch n swelled, has gone down in size but painful still and lump. Had a puss spot init and hickey dots near

Could be infected: Insect bites, are a common cause of cellulitis, which is an infection of the soft tissues in the leg. Given your description, this is certainly a concern. This will most likely require antibiotics, to heal safely. You should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible to make the diagnosis and receive treatment ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Best treatment for buffalo gnat bites?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Best treatment for buffalo gnat bites?

Steroid cream: Prescription cream will be more effective but you can try otc hydrocortisone. Otc antihistamine may help. Cirtirazine or Loratadine are far preferable to benadryl. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Farmer
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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Moved to FL and my legs are covered in flying gnat bites but the bite area is cyst like and very irritated Could I be having an allergic reaction?

Dr. Danny Farmer
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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Moved to FL and my legs are covered in flying gnat bites but the bite area is cyst like and very irritated Could I be having an allergic reaction?

Yes: Or could be more severe deer fly bites! Take antihistamine and topical steroid cream, hydrocotisone, if fever develops or they don't improve soon see a MD,use inscect repellant ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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Many gnat bites on scalp 6 days ago. Itch & draining. Painful swollen nodes back of scalp and neck, esp neck. How to treat? No fever or cellulitis.

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
45 years in practice
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? could be infection: Drainage implies infection of your scalp/skin. If it is yellowish discharge then it certainly is infection which will require antibiotics by mouth. Go see your doctor . Itching can be relieved with Benadryl capsules(may make you sleepy). If it is more than a small area(less than one inch) which is draining, you need to see a doctor to help you treat it better. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
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Gnat bites. Mom is 80. Been 1 week and still having swelling (throat, face). Prednisone and epi-pen treated. Allergist/Immunologist in Madison WI?

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Gnat bites. Mom is 80. Been 1 week and still having swelling (throat, face). Prednisone and epi-pen treated. Allergist/Immunologist in Madison WI?

Allergist: there are a number of Allergists in Madison. I am not familiar with any of them. As it is obvious she has been treated by someone I would call her primary care physicians office and see who they reccomend as an allergist for her to see. ...Read more

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Dr. Todd Purkiss
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
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I have gnats in my home they have bitten my eyelids and my top and bottom lid are swollen even part of my face what can I do for the itching ?

Dr. Todd Purkiss
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
12 years in practice
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See a doctor: If these gnat bites are significant enough to cause facial swelling, i would recommend seeing a doctor. You may have a sensitivity to something in the bite. ...Read more

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