Treat Bug Bites Checklist

Lauren Meir

Lauren Meir

created on May 21, 2012

4.7 with 67 votes
    This seems pretty basic but it's been known to work.
    Whether or not this drains the poison is dubious, but it can alleviate itching temporarily.
    The green gel is not just for sunburns. Try it on your bug bites and ease the itch.
    Allow to dry and then wipe off.
    Beware, though, that if you scratch the bite before applying an after-bite solution, it may sting a little.
    Itching will only make it worse!
    Apply ice to the bite in 15-minute intervals, several times a day or until pain and itching subsides.
    If you break the skin, you can cause scarring or infection.
    Use a credit card to gently lift it from the sting.
    Apply an ice bag or cubes of ice to the sting in 10-minute intervals.
    Apply as often as needed.
    For the first few days, apply ice every 20 minutes. Apply enough ice as to where it's uncomfortable. Extreme cold will slow the venom from spreading.
    If you see it still around, make sure it's dead!
    You should keep the tick in the jar for at least 3 months, in case you develop any symptoms of disease.
    Bring the preserved tick with you for testing.
4.7 with 67 votes


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It's bug season, which unfortunately means a higher instance of bites and stings from not-so-friendly critters. Our Treat Bug Bites Checklist is a good guide for spotting and easing your itches and pains. Treat bites quickly and find relief fast!

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