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How to Manage Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites are a bothersome problem, especially during the summer. They are itchy, swollen, and in some circumstances can even become infected. The redness and swelling is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to the saliva of the mosquito. This reaction is an immunologic reaction, but not an allergic reaction. As such, allergy medicine such as benadryl, zyrtec and others will not be effective. Tip: Apply a very mild anti-inflammatory cream such as hydrocortisone. If this is not sufficient, you may need a prescription strength topical cream. Wishing everyone a safe and itch free summer,


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