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delirium's avatar

Ack! Mosquito bite on my face and I need to go out...

Asked by delirium (13691points) June 26th, 2008 from iPhone

I look like I’m breaking out except it itches like heck. I can use makeup but I really need to bring down the swelling first.

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eambos's avatar

Taking benadryl or another anti-histamine can reduce the itching. I’m not entirely sure about the swelling. Maybe a topical anti-inflamitory?

Knotmyday's avatar

Mosquito bite swelling is a histamine reaction. Try dimetapp, not benadryl. Benadryl leads to nappy-time, bad if you are heading out.
Ice works, don’t put it on your bare skin for long or…frostbite. Looks worse than a mosquito bite.
Ice also helps itch relief, if not, try a hydrocortizone cream. Let us know how it works out!

trudacia's avatar

Damn mosquito bit your face? I hate those nasty bugs! Try some ice then Aveno hydrocortisone. I had a crazy rash on my arm last month right before my vacation. It took care of the little bumps caused by the rash.

boffin's avatar

Ack! Mosquito bite on my face and I need to go out…

So…? Go….

TheHaight's avatar

I agree with boffin! Ignore the bite & go out. It shouldnt stop you, and if it makes you feel any better my sister has a humongous zit on the tippy tip of her nose! Way worse then a bite..

shilolo's avatar

@Knotmyday. FYI, Dimetapp contains a strong antihistamine (Brompheniramine) as well. It is has a different name but the same exact mechanism as benadryl (diphenhydramine), that being antagonism of histaminergic receptors.

@Delirium. In addition to an antihistamine, you can use 1% hydrocortisone cream to reduce the swelling and itching.

rowenaz's avatar

Go to the supermarket and buy AFTERBITE – rubs on and is a liquid, stops the itching, it disappears.

Knotmyday's avatar

@shi- My family was introduced to Dimetapp in the 80’s, when it was still a prescription drug. It was literally a lifesaver several times for my allergic/asthmatic brother.

shilolo's avatar

@knot. Glad to hear that, but i just wanted to clarify that both dimetapp and benadryl are essentially the same medicine.

Knotmyday's avatar

Understood. My point was, benadryl and its generic alternatives contain diphenydramine, which has a pronounced sopoforic effect (used in otc sleep aids as well). Puts a damper on a fun evening out.
Dimetapp on the other hand, though the package warns of possible drowsiness, doesn’t have as powerful a sopoforic effect. In fact, a Dimetapp PM version is available for precisely this application.
I know I am preaching to the choir on this one; just wanted to clarify my rationale for that statement. Sorry for the confusion.

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