Find relief with cold compresses and topical medicated preparations, such as POLYSPORIN® Itch Relief Lotion with its fast-acting soothing action. And remember – don’t scratch. Scratching prolongs the reaction, and the itch.
Mosquito Bites :
Symptoms of a mosquito bite are usually mild and transient. You can use a topical anesthetic, such as POLYSPORIN® Itch Relief Lotion, to reduce the itch and discomfort, or a topical steroid to reduce the itching and redness, such as POLYSPORIN® 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream. Oral antihistamines can also be effective in reducing the symptoms of mosquito bites. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
Black Fly Bites :
Black fly bites can be extremely painful, and the injection of venom into the skin may cause intense itching, local swelling and soreness. Treat the bite as you would a mosquito bite.
Bee Stings :
If a bee stings you it may leave its stinger in the wound, which can continue to pump venom into your bloodstream if left behind. Act quickly and follow these steps:
- Check the sting area for a small, dark object like a splinter – this is the stinger. Remove the stinger as quickly as you can to help reduce the severity of the sting. Some recommend scraping the stinger off with a credit card, fingernail or blunt knife rather than pulling it out to help avoid squeezing more venom into the wound. However, how the stinger is removed is not as important as getting it out as fast as possible.
- Wash the sting area with soap and water or use alcohol wipes. An antibiotic ointment, such as POLYSPORIN® Plus Pain Relief Cream, may be applied afterwards.
- Apply cold compresses for immediate pain relief
- For large local reactions, consider applying a topical preparation, such as calamine lotion, POLYSPORIN® Anti-Itch Relief Lotion, or preparations containing antihistamines or topical steroids. Alternatively, oral antihistamines, such as BENADRYL® tablets, and pain relievers, such as MOTRIN® or TYLENOL® tablets, may help.
- See your doctor if the reaction site is greater than 10 inches in diameter of if there is evidence of infection, such as increasing pain, swelling, redness, pus or fever.
- If it has been more than 10 years since your last tetanus shot, make an an appointment with your doctor to get a booster shot within the next few days.
- In the case of a known or suspected severe allergic reaction to bee stings, seek medical help immediately.