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Dr. Linda Spencer
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How do I stop getting gnat bites?

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. John Ebner
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Does crossing gnat bites stop them itching?

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. Alan Jackson
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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What is best to use on buffalo gnat bites?

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. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Best treatment for buffalo gnat bites?

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. Julian Bennett
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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

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. Danny Farmer
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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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.

? 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
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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?

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
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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 ?

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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