How to Deal with Insect Bites

bugsWhether you are camping, gardening, or playing outdoor sports, it is difficult to avoid getting bites from pesky insects.  This article shows you the options available for taking the itch out of insect bites.

(Disclaimer:  This article is purely informational and does not endorse any of the products mentioned.)

Natural Remedies

Taking an oatmeal bath helps soothe pain and itching.  Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Bath is anti-inflammatory and helps retain skin moisture.  Alternatively, you could try applying a paste of baking soda and water to bites or stings; the Sodium Bicarbonate can reduce itch.

Oral Remedies

Benadryl Allergy Caplets are an oral antihistamine (containing Diphenhydramine) which helps reduce the swelling of skin from any insect bite or sting.  It also reduces the itching from mosquito bites and ant stings.  However, it can be sedating.  Other alternatives are:

Topical Antihistamines

These are less potent than Oral Remedies but can still soothe itchiness.  Here are few topical options:

  • After-Bite Gel
  • Benedryl Itch Cream
  • Claritin Skin
  • Polysporin Itch Relief
  • Lanacane

Other Options

Health Canada has approved an all-natural oral mosquito repellant that also claims to repel black flies and other bugs.  It is called Mozi-Q.  Tablets contain Staphysagria, a substance derived from Delphinium plants.

Published in: on August 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

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