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Multiple remedies: Sand fly bites can be extremely itchy. There are many remedies that can be tried including a paste of baking soda and water spread over the bite area, tea tree oil placed on the bites and aloe vera. Over the counter medications such as topical Hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines can also be tried. To prevent bites, use natural tea tree or coconut oil or repellents containing deet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was bitten by sandflys two nights ago, but it seems there are more than yesterday, even though I've left the area. Why is that?
It could be anything: either you were bitten in more than one place, but you did not get a reaction until later. or by scratching the old bite, you were able to spread it around. either way avoid scratching, because it could get infected, use hydrocortison and alternate with topical antibiotic on the bite site. take benadryl at night to avoid scratching while you are asleep. good luck. i hope that answer your question. ...Read more
Yes: Antihistamines taken orally might be overkill. I'd try topical Benadryl for the acute histamine phase; for persistent redness and itching i'd use cortisone cream. In some parts of the world, sandflies can be vectors of disease, particularly the indian subcontinent and parts of the caribbean. If you have any concerns or symptoms beyond local irritation, see your doctor. ...Read more
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Sandflies : Sandflies are capable of transmitting bartonellosis (bacterial infection) & leishmaniasis (parasitic). Both can cause cutaneous (skin) manifestation. The former is endemic to andean regions of peru, columbia & ecuador. Leishmaniasis has been reported in all parts of the world except australia & antarctica. Therapy is different for these condition. Prevention of vector transmission is key. ...Read more
Unbearable itch from sandfly bites woke me up at midnight, i've been taking 180mg telfast in AM, phenergan at night - not enough. can i increase dose?
It Depends: I sympathize since i got bitten by sandflies2 years ago! my scratching caused scars which, thankfully, are flat but hypopigmented. I will probably use flesh colored tattoo pigment to hide them. Depending on whether the scars are red, raised or dark, there are other treatments such as silicone gel, steroid injections or bleaching creams respectively. You may need to see a plastic surgeon. ...Read more