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    How to stop itching (insect bites)

    I am in West Palm Beach for 3 weeks on vacation. I have been bitten by insects, don't know what it is. It's not mosquitoes. I always react bad and get those red bumps and they itch. I went to one drugstore and they said to use Lanacane. Does not work for me.

    Any of you have great advice of what product to use for the itching? Hope to find something soon my legs are covered with the bites.
    Helene

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    I use Cortaid or the generic equivalent and it instantly stops the itch.

    I am VERY allergic to insect bites and my legs and arms used to be horror sites in the days when calamine lotion was the only ineffective solution.

    I don't know what the active ingredient in Lanacane is. If it is the same as Cortaid, I would suggest going to a dermatologist there as three weeks of itching would not be endurable for me.
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    Have you tried Benadryl Spray? Works like a charm for me. Sorry about the bug bites, enjoy the rest of your trip.
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    They are probably noseeums. (no-see-ums) In addition to the above ideas you might also try an internal antihistimine since you'll be there for awhile.


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    I was also going to post about the Benadryl spray (or cream) and taking an oral antihistamine. What I find works best is to go ahead and apply something like cortaid (to help bring down the inflammation) then put the topical benadryl on top of that.
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    Well, this doesn't fall into the good medical advice category....but I use clear nail polish. It sounds strange but actually works. Just dab a bit on each bite. For some reason, it eliminates the urge to scratch it. And, as a bonus, you can't see it at all

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    Thanks I am going to the store and will try couple things. My son is as bad as me.
    Helene

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    I have always used After Bite. They have a couple of different formulations depending on the type of bite

    http://www.amazon.com/Tender-After-B.../dp/B001G7QRC6
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    Even if you try something else, you might want to pick up some benadryl in case you have a more severe reaction.

    My mom used to put Calamine Lotion on bug bites, and if we didn't have any, we used plain Crest toothpaste.
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    Menthol also helps (that is what the allergist used for me when I was getting the scratch tests).
    vicks would contain that and offer some protection.
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    Call me crazy...Tiger Balm works for me.

    I first found it in Hong Kong, brought several bottles home with me...but most pharmacies in the U.S. carry it OTC now.

    Menthol based....Wallycat's suggestion triggered the recommendation.
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    If I'm not going out anywhere, I use a paste of baking soda and water. It works well, but is quite unsightly.
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