Fly and mosquito bites may produce swelling and intense itching that can last for 3 to 4 days. Dr. Frazier recommends the following to control these symptoms.
• An oral antihistamine (Choose an over-the-counter allergy or cold preparation.)
• Calamine lotion
• Ice packs
• Salt (Moisten it into a paste with water and apply it to the bite.)
• Baking soda (Dissolve 1 teaspoon in a glass of water. Dip a cloth into the solution and place on the bite for 15 to 20 minutes.)
• Epsom salts (Dissolve 1 tablespoon in 1 quart of hot water. Chill, then apply as above.)