Treat Bug Bites Checklist Mosquito Bite: An Itchy Pink or Red Bump of Varying Size Wash with soap and cold water This seems pretty basic but it's been known to work. Make an "X" by pressing your fingernail into the bite Whether or not this drains the poison is dubious, but it can alleviate itching temporarily. Apply Aloe Vera The green gel is not just for sunburns. Try it on your bug bites and ease the itch. Mix a thick paste from baking soda and water Allow to dry and then wipe off. Dab ;calamine ;lotion or an "after-bite" remedy on the sting Beware, though, that if you scratch the bite before applying an after-bite solution, it may sting a little. Take an over-the-counter anti-histamine like benadryl for ;persistent ;itching. Avoid Scratching. Itching will only make it worse! Fly Bite: Small, Painful and Itchy Red Bumps around the Bite Wash the area with soap and water. Ice it Often Apply ice to the bite in 15-minute intervals, several times a day or until pain and itching subsides. Apply an over-the-counter bug bite remedy that contains ammonia, such as after-bite. Avoid Scratching If you break the skin, you can cause scarring or infection. Bee or Wasp Sting: A Painful or Burning Raised Red Welt Carefully Remove the Stinger Use a credit card to gently lift it from the sting. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Ice It Apply an ice bag or cubes of ice to the sting in 10-minute intervals. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflamatory or pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Call the doctor immediately if you develop hives, severe swelling or pain. Fire Ant Bite: Bites start as Itchy Red Bumps and Transform into Fluid-Filled White Blisters Clean the affected area with soap and water. Apply calamine lotion or other ;hydro-cortisone ;cream to relieve the itch Apply as often as needed. If you experience pain or severe swelling, contact a doctor immediately. Spider Bite: A Small Red Sore, Sometimes Accompanied by Nausea or Muscle Cramps Clean the bite with soap and water. Ice It (almost) Nonstop 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. Take an-over-the-counter pain reliever containing acetaminophen. Kill the Spider. If you see it still around, make sure it's dead! Contact a doctor or go to the Emergency Room immediately if pain worsens or other symptoms appear. Tick Bite: Tick On Your Skin; Itchy or Burning Sensation Use tweezers to gently extract the tick from your skin. Avoid applying too much pressure - don't squash the insect's body as it may contaminate the bite and increase your risk of contracting disease. Place the tick in a small jar of ribbing ;alcohol ;to kill it You should keep the tick in the jar for at least 3 months, in case you develop any symptoms of disease. Thoroughly clean the bite area with soap and water. Tick bites can be especially dangerous since ticks can carry Lyme Disease and other illnesses, so keep watch on your bite. If you develop any flu-like symptoms, contact a doctor immediately Bring the preserved tick with you for testing.
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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