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How do you treat swelling from insect bites?

When first stung by a insect, be sure to remove the stinger to reduce the spread of the venom, explains WebMD. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for six hours. Antihistamines, such as Benadryl, can help reduce swelling, itching and redness. It is important to check with a doctor before giving antihistamines to a child. A local anesthetic spray can reduce pain and swelling as well. After applying ice for six hours, if the swelling is no longer present, apply heat to the bite area for comfort.


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