Q: I develop huge swellings when I get bitten by mosquitos and other insects. Is there anything I can do to reduce the itchiness and swelling?
A: Preventing the bite itself is your first line of defense. Eating garlic can make your sweat “unwelcoming” to bugs. A homeopathic mixture called “Homeo-Bites” that is taken internally can help your body adapt to insect bites, i.e., when you get bitten, your body will not react so violently. This can also be used to help treat bug bites after you’ve been bitten. Mainstream insect repellants usually contain DEET, which is effective, but should be avoided in pregnancy and in children. Natural insect repellants containing Oil of Citronella can be considered; frequent reapplication is the key to success when using citronella. For young children, a simple barrier strategy (i.e., covering up) may be the only way to go.
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