How do you take care of "no-see-um" bites?


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Care for no-see-um bites by applying ice or cold water to the affected area and using topical anti-itch medication, according to the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Antibiotics treat infections that develop.

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Using ice or very cold water on the bites immediately may alleviate itching from no-see-um bites, explains the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Over-the-counter topical antihistamines also ease itching and minimize the red bumps that are likely to appear. Calamine lotion and Benadryl help soothe the affected area. Antibiotics can help treat or prevent infection that may occur. People with allergic reactions need to receive medical evaluation, notes HealthResearchFunding.org.

Adult no-see-ums, or biting midges, are about 1/8-inch long and are found in Florida, the Caribbean and other tropical and sub-tropical areas, states University of Florida. Particularly active on cloudy days when the winds are calm, they bite people and animals, causinge painful, irritating clusters of bites that can last a long time. The primary medical concern is allergic reaction to the bites, but no-see-ums sometimes carry parasitic worms that cause dermatitis and skin lesions in people.

To avoid being bitten by no-see-ums, the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District advises wearing protective, light-colored clothing, not using perfumes or other scented products, and using insect repellents with DEET. Installation of screens keeps no-see-ums from entering living areas, and fans set on high speeds keep them out of small areas because no-see-ums are not strong fliers.

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