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What Is Good For Insect Bites
Unsure: If you were in the cast of the "Big Fat Greek Wedding", the answer would be yes. I do not see any therapeutic effect from it but it may soothe the itching a little. For itchy lesions, hydrocortisone cream works better. For sores, you may need an antibiotic. Some bites (black widow, brown recluse spiders) often require medical attention. ...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
No: If they are true spider bites, they require serious attention. If you did not see ; feel the spider it was something else. Sometimes minor irritations or insect bites are casually passed of as spider bites without any knowledge of this subject. I urge you to look up spider bites according to the area of the earth and the species of spiders. If you are in the netherlands, there are no spiders that. ...Read more
This probably isn't: needed for the average mosquito bite. Effects are usually self-limited. Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mosquito bites: Hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream generally work well. There is also sarna cream which is camphor and works well for itch too. I like to use it cold, so i store it in the fridge. Works really well to stop itch before bed and get a good nights sleep. You can also take oral antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but they can make you sleepy. Non sedating, like Claritin don't work as well for itch imo. ...Read more
See below: Sand flies are blood-sucking insects typically found in sandy areas. While they are generally harmless, their bites can turn into skin irritations or become itchy bumps. In extreme cases, they transmit serious diseases. Application of insect repellents are an effective way to prevent bites. Available for your preference are "chemical-deet" vs non chemical "natural" products-lemon eucalyptus. ...Read more
Not initially: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin w credit card. Clean w soap ; warm h2o. Apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water. Or: apply enzyme based meat tenderizer poultice ; wrap area. Or: mix water ; activated charcoal - apply paste. Or: mix clay-like soil w water - apply. For throat, airway or tongue swelling –call 911 even if epi-pen used. Antibiotic for infection. ...Read more
Mosquito bite: For insect bites, you would expect to get a local reaction or swelling at the bite site. Local topical cortisone otc would help at the swelling site. If your child develops systemic symptoms like generalized hives away from the bite site, difficulty breathing or having abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, you should see an allergist to be evaluated because those allergic reactions can be dangerous. ...Read more
Depends: The answer depends on the severity of the allergic reaction. If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more
Dog bite: depends. If your you country does not have Rabies, it is simple treatment with antibiotics , tetanus injection and good clean out with dressing. If your county has prevalence of rabies, the a post exposure rabies vaccine schedule is recommended. depending on the risk in some cased rabies immunoglobulins may be recommended. Your doctor will be able to advise the schedules. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a good anti-itch cream for mosquito bites? What other methods should I use to treat mosquito bites that itch badly?
What is a good remedy to rid a bunch of itchy, swollen mosquito bites received while on vacation?
Oral enzymes: Insect bites that persist are due to a reaction ti the bites. Assuming that the bites are not infected, individual reactions vary. I have found oral enzymes such as bromelain- pineapple enzymes, useful in helpful in resolving persistent insect bites faster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Anti-itch medicines couch as benedryl can help but you need to watch for other symptoms as well like rashes around the bite, signs of secondary infection and other symptoms of tick-borne illness. If you are concerned, see you primary doctor. ...Read more
What it says.: If you get stung or bitten by an insect, and you are allergic to the insect's venom or saliva, you develop an allergic reaction to the sting or bite. Usually it's just itching, redness, and swelling around the bite, but in rare cases it can evolve into anaphylactic shock which is life-threatening. Antihistamines may help mild cases, but if you have trouble breathing or other symptoms see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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