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Best medicine for itches?

Asked by swtsally (131points) May 28th, 2009

what’s the best medicine to stop itching due to bug bites?

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toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Toothpaste. No, seriously. But if you don’t itch them, they go away in five minutes.

Tink's avatar

Dont scratch it

MrGV's avatar

Don’t scratch, wear mittens, and put some cortizone on it

hearkat's avatar

You can put ice on the bug bite to numb it. Cortizone cream or ointment will also help reduce the reaction.

Allie's avatar

Don’t listen to @eponymoushipster. Put some calamine lotion (the pink stuff) on it or take a Benadryl.

Bad, Bucky.

ram201pa's avatar

Mix a paste of water and non-seasoned meat tenderizer. Apply to the bite for about 30 minutes. This works like magic. I just used it last week for a spider bite.

wildpotato's avatar

AfterBite is great stuff. Corticosteroid cream should also do the trick for a little itch. Lanacane with 20% benzocaine is very powerful, and you can buy it over-the-counter. If you are suffering badly, go to a dermatologist and request a prescription-strength topical steroid like Triamcinolone (2nd level) or Clobetasol (most powerful topical steroid they make).

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rooeytoo's avatar

The mozzies and midges are terrible where I live so we mix up a bottle of tea tree oil into some sort of lotion (vaseline intensive care or whatever) then add a little antiseptic. We use it as a repellant and it stops the itching after a bite as well.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Rub some Benadryl itch-stopping cream on it and the surrounding area.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Allie but it feels sooo gooood.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Aspirin tablets wet under water, made into a paste and smeared on the bites.

Clair's avatar

i’m gonna try the toothapaste thing. but at the moment i use hydrocortizone cream like it’s going out of style. i’m allergic to silver and lots of detergents and have new rash everyday. i use it like lotion. it’s good for razor burn too.

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