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.