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I am on pr on vacation and have literally been eaten alive how do I stop the itch before I am scarred up?
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Anti itch medication
I am not sure exactly where pr is, perhaps puerto rico? Nonetheless, oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, zyrtec, or Claritin (loratadine) can help with the itch.
Hydrocortisone cream, cool compresses, and sometimes domeboro's soaks help too. To prevent further bites, and diseases such as dengue (common in the tropics) and malaria use 30% deet or 20% picardin according to package directions.

In brief: Anti itch medication
I am not sure exactly where pr is, perhaps puerto rico? Nonetheless, oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, zyrtec, or Claritin (loratadine) can help with the itch.
Hydrocortisone cream, cool compresses, and sometimes domeboro's soaks help too. To prevent further bites, and diseases such as dengue (common in the tropics) and malaria use 30% deet or 20% picardin according to package directions.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Antihistamines
Try oral antihistamine like Claritin or zyrtec & topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or otc corticosteroid like cortaid; all should help with itch.
Bath with aveeno (colloidal oatmeal) also very soothing.

In brief: Antihistamines
Try oral antihistamine like Claritin or zyrtec & topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or otc corticosteroid like cortaid; all should help with itch.
Bath with aveeno (colloidal oatmeal) also very soothing.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Bennett Werner
I agree with Dr. Morgan - also, use a topical spray that contains DEET (read the label) and wear light weight long sleeve shirts and light weight long pants - avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when insects, especially mosquitoes, are most active.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Sorry, I mean Dr. R. Morgan Lewis
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