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How can you relieve the itch and lower your chances of an infection from mosquito bites?

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It’s tough advice, but leave the bite alone. When you scratch, it creates openings in your skin that allow bacteria in and cause infection.

To relieve the itch and lower your chances of an infection:

If a bite causes fever, vomiting, or shortness of breath, call 911 or get to an emergency room immediately.

  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Apply calamine lotion or anti-itch cream.
  • Put an ice pack on the bite.
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.

SOURCES:

CDC: "What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent."

European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation: "Mosquito bite allergies: Don’t scratch!"

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: "FAQ's on Mosquitoes."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Mosquito Bites."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent."

European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation: "Mosquito bite allergies: Don’t scratch!"

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station: "FAQ's on Mosquitoes."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Mosquito Bites."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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