Insect Bites and Itch

You may experience some of the symptoms below:

  • Little bump or blister. May feel pain, itching, redness or swelling.
  • Feeling of a sharp burning pain which can also sting

Treatment options for an insect bite include:

  • Topical creams and ointments: These can help to reduce itching and inflammation. Over-the-counter options include calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream, and antihistamine creams.
  • Oral antihistamines: These can help to reduce itching and swelling. Examples include diphenhydramine (Benedryl®) and cetirizine (Reactine®).
  • Cold compresses: Applying a cold compress, such as a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel, can help to reduce itching and swelling.
  • Cleaning the bite: Clean the area of the bite with soap and water to prevent infection.

It is important to avoid scratching the bite as it can cause further irritation and increase the risk of infection. Applying a baking soda paste or using an aloe vera gel can also help to soothe the itch.

If you have severe reactions or symptoms, it's important to see a doctor. Mister Pharmacist can help you assess that.

 If a fever, severe pain, redness or swelling occurs, or if the bite or sting area becomes infected, see a doctor.

It is also important to avoid being bitten in the first place by using insect repellents and wearing long sleeves and pants when in areas where insects are common. Also, if you are traveling to an area with a high risk of insect-borne diseases, such as malaria, it's important to take appropriate precautions and speak with a healthcare professional before your trip.

 insect Bite