Study: No proof OTC bite remedies work
April 12, 2012 (WLS) -- A new study finds there is little evidence that over-the-counter insect bite remedies actually work.
Antihistamines are widely recommended to ease insect bite related itching, but scientists in the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin say there's no proof this is effective.
That's apparently also the case for steroid creams and tablets to treat itching and inflammation caused by insect bites.
Scientists say there is some evidence to suggest that diluted ammonium solution may help relieve itching or burning.
There is little evidence that antiseptics or astringes are effective, but they add most reactions to insect bites are mild and don't require any treatment.
healthbeat, sylvia perez
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