BUG BITES

Best Health - - THE BUSY WOMAN’S -

The pri­or­ity with bites is to re­lieve the itch to pre­vent ex­ces­sive scratch­ing, which may lead to in­fec­tion and/or scar­ring, says Dr. Richer. Start with a cool shower and cool com­presses, and keep bites cov­ered to pre­vent scratch­ing. Calamine lo­tion, or oint­ments with li­do­caine or hy­dro­cor­ti­sone, may pro­vide tem­po­rary re­lief. If the cul­prit is a bee or wasp, keep an eye on sig­nif­i­cant swelling away from the area of the st­ing, nau­sea/vom­it­ing, dif­fi­culty breath­ing/wheez­ing or changes in alert­ness. “Th­ese should be brought to med­i­cal at­ten­tion quickly as they may sig­nal a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.”

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