Reference Guide: Insect bites

When bites contain foreign matter that does not rinse away, it is better to remove it in order to avoid infection; this can be done by using tweezers sterilized with rubbing alcohol.

Bleeding from the wound, especially in the case of a deep sting, can also remove foreign matter from the wound.

To remove a bee stinger, scrape or pick it out carefully with your fingers; if the stinger is not visible, assume that there is none.

Do not compress a stinger, as this could result in more venom escaping.

Some of the following products, such as calamine lotion, often relieve itching, which is a consequence of insect bites.

CALAMINE LOTION WITH ANTIHISTAMINE
Analgesic, anesthetic, antipruritic topical lotion for the temporary relief of pain associated with insect bites, minor skin irritations and small cuts.

CALAMINE LOTION USP
A soothing lotion that dries and protects, recommended for the temporary relief of a variety of skin irritations such as poison ivy, insect bites and itching.

DISTILLED WITCH HAZEL USP
Topical astringent for temporary relief of insect bites, bruises, sores and sprains.

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