What Is the Best Remedy for Bug Bites?

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The best remedy for bug bites is to apply an ice pack to the bite or sting for 15 minutes every hour for six hours to decrease swelling, reports WebMD. In addition, non-prescription drugs may be used to relieve the symptoms.

Similarly, oral antihistamines including Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton may be used to suppress swelling, redness and itching, explains WebMD. However, in the case of children, antihistamines should only be given at a doctor’s direction. A local anesthetic spray containing benzocaine including Solarcaine may also be used to relieve the pain. However, this should be done with caution because some may have a reaction to the spray. It is advised to stop using the spray in such a case.

Another remedy for bug bites is to apply Hydrocortisone one percent cream or calamine lotion that helps to relieve itching and redness, states WebMD. The cream should however, not be used on children below the age of two, unless advised, by a doctor. Most bug bites and stings heal naturally without medical intervention, states MedicineNet.com. There are several symptoms of bug bites such as redness, itching, mild burning and localized and minor pain or swelling. Bite and sting symptoms usually only last for about a day.