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What Can I Do For An Insect Bite
It will heal.: My father used to say, "bite it back!" which wasn't particularly helpful. If it's only one bite, leave it alone, it will heal. If it gets red and sore, it might be getting infected; see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Lotions: Keep the area clean and apply topical lotions while it heals. ...Read more
Time: Since i cannot see what your skin looks like after the insect bite i cannot give you adequate advice. If the skin is open you should clean it with saline and apply vaseline or aquaphor.If the skin is not open just be patient and any discoloration from the bug bite will fade slowly especially if it is on the lower legs. ...Read more
Well, here is a : General remedy since no type of insect was specified. Mix 2 parts of baking soda with one part water ; apply as a salve. ...Read more
You can use cool: compresses at the beginning, then switch to warm compresses later in the day. An oral antihistamine would help the most. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tends to be very effective for this, but it can make you drowsy, so please don't take it before driving or operating machinery. If you will be doing those activities, try one of the non-sedating meds, such as loratidine or fexofenadine. ...Read more
See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. ...Read more
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