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How do you treat insect stings if you aren't allergic?

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Take an over-the-counter oral antihistamine to ease itching, swelling, and hives. Don’t give this medication to children under 2 years old or to pregnant women unless your doctor says it’s OK. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen.

From: Are You Allergic to Insect Stings? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Stinging Insect Allergy" and "Stinging Insect Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Stinging Insect Allergy" and "Stinging Insect Allergy: Tips to Remember."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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