The season is upon us. Thank goodness for a little rain, but with rain comes bugs and with bugs come bug bites! Pharmacist Doug has some ways to deal with those pesky bites.
If a bug bite becomes infected. Go to see your physician. Indicators of infection are redness is always a sign, but bug bites are always red. So, growing redness is what you need to look for. Heat, swelling, discharge (pus), changing color to a darker color, etc..
When it comes to products, you have so many choices. First, we have some traditional good options. After Bite, Benadryl Spray, Hydrocortisone Lotion and Calamine Lotion. And, it is important to note that when using calamine lotion, get the one that is ONLY calamine lotion. There are products with Benadryl in it and you do not want to use Benadryl on broken skin.
As for DIY remedies, there are plenty! Of course you have heard of Lavender essential oil, which works great. Here is a roll-on that is already diluted and ready to be used. Other EO’s that you can use are; Basil, Thyme and Peppermint. Also, one of my favorites, VINEGAR is extremely effective.
* As a matter of fact, you could make a spray with vinegar, water and EO’s.
* Dug’s Bug Bite Swabs: equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera Gel (topical) and add a few drops of EO’s – Lavender, Peppermint, Basil or Thyme. Put into a container you can seal and pop in the fridge or freezer.
One final remedy if you are at a cookout and in a pinch because you forgot your DIY swabs. Reach over to the sliced onions and apply to the bug bite. BAM!!
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