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Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

First aid for squashing bug-bite pain

July 5, 2007

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Bug bites can turn a lazy summer day into an annoying, if not dangerous, ordeal. Here's a guide to treating them, from Woman's Day:

¢ Bee stings: Remove the stinger by scraping with the edge of a credit card, apply a cold pack to numb the area, take oral Benadryl (if safe) to reduce symptoms of allergic reactions, and see a doctor right away if you've ever had an allergic reaction.

¢ Mosquito bites: Numb the area with a topical anti-itch, apply a cool compress to calm itching and swelling, and use a topical hydrocortisone cream if you have an allergic reaction.

¢ Tick bites: Remove the tick with needle-nose tweezers by grabbing the head or mouthparts (not the body) and pulling firmly outward. Place the tick in a jar of alcohol to kill it and show it to your doctor. Watch for rash that signals Lyme disease, which tends to expand in a ring around the original bite, clean the wound with disinfectant and ask your doctor about preventive antibiotics within 72 hours after a tick bite if you live in an area where Lyme disease is common.

Comments

gr 6 years, 9 months ago

"Bee stings: Remove the stinger by scraping "

Hmmm. Are honey bees that big of a problem? I guess they must have made a dramatic recovery for anyone to worry about removing their stinger. Especially grouping them at the same level of concerns of mosquitoes and ticks with no mention of chiggers.

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number3of5 6 years, 9 months ago

I use a home made ointment for my chigger and mosquito bites. It is made from plantain, olive oil, and parafin. It works better than hydrocortisone creams. It also works on spider bites. It relieves the itch of poison ivy also, but I am not sure if it will dry it up. Still working on that.

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