From Ticks to Bed Bugs: How to Spot and Treat Bug Bites

Not sure what bit you? Use this guide to identify the culprit and the best treatment (9 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:05PM

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From Ticks to Bed Bugs: How to Spot and Treat Bug Bites

Courtesy of Gary Mullen, Auburn University, Alabama

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Everyone knows mosquito bites are small red bumps, but some people are super-sensitive and react more severely. "Children may have an especially intense reaction with bumps as large as a half-dollar," says  Dr. Millikan. "And it's easy for these to get infected if kids keep digging at them."

What to do: Use an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Claritin to control itching or try a topical anti-itch cream containing Pramoxine Hydrochloride 1% and menthol and camphor (such as Sarna or Pramox). An ice pack or cool compress may alleviate itching, too. If necessary, cover with a bandage to prevent scratching.

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