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What are bug bites – summer problem? – Part 2

• When you get bit — whether by a mosquito, black fly, or even from ants — you can usually treat itching with an over-the-counter antihistamine.
• This can be something like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in cream or pill form.
• For a natural mosquito prevention treatment, try using oil of lemon eucalyptus to give you some protection.
• If you need something stronger, look for a bug repellent that contains DEET.

Common bites and stings

• Most bites and stings will heal on their own without a visit to a doctor.
• The insect bites range from a normal mosquito to spider or a bee sting.
• The severity depends on the insect.
• Some insect bites might not be dangerous and mild.
• Some can lead to severe swelling and may need doctor’s help upon the prolonged swelling of the bite.
• Depending on which part the insect has bitten, the precautions can be taken.
• For example, if it eyes or inside the nose or ear, doctor’s help is required at the earliest.
• Redness, Itching, Irritation, Inflammation etc., are some symptoms of the bite.
• There are several things you can do to relieve pain and itching and prevent infection from a bite or sting.

If you have been stung on the arm or leg:
• Lower the limb at the time of the sting to slow the spread of venom.
• You can elevate the limb to help reduce swelling.
• After contact with a puss caterpillar, remove broken-off spines by placing cellophane tape or commercial facial peel over the area of the contact.
• Then pull it off.

Relieve pain, itching, and swelling
• Apply an ice pack to a bite or sting for 15 to 20 minutes once an hour for the first 6 hours.
• When not using ice, keep a cool, wet cloth on the bite or sting for up to 6 hours.
• Always keep a cloth between your skin and the ice pack.
• Do not apply ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
• Do not fall asleep with the ice on your skin.
• Elevate the area of the bite or sting to decrease swelling.
• Try a nonprescription medicine for the relief of itching, redness, and swelling.

Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions like:
• An antihistamine taken by mouth, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, may help relieve itching, redness, and swelling.
• Don’t give antihistamines to your child.
• A spray of local anesthetic containing benzocaine, such as Solarcaine, may help relieve pain.
• If your skin reacts to the spray, stop using it.
• Hydrocortisone 1% cream or calamine lotion applied to the skin may help relieve itching and redness.

Other precautions
• Remove the stinger with tweezers.
• Scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface.
• This will help to reduce the chance of pumping more venom.
• Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.
• Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel).
• Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.
• A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.
• Stings and bites can cause severe reactions.

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