Question: Which is better for bug bites Benadryl or hydrocortisone?

“An OTC hydrocortisone cream will work just as well for bug bites and contact allergies,” Lerner says. If you use a diphenhydramine skin product, dont do so for more than seven days. And dont use other diphenhydramine products, including pills, while using a skin product containing this anti-itch ingredient.

Which antihistamine is best for insect bites?

Antihistamines are the first-line treatments for insect stings. They can help reduce swelling, itching, and hives....OTC antihistamines that are nonsedating or less likely to cause drowsiness include:cetirizine (Zyrtec)desloratadine (Clarinex)fexofenadine (Allegra)levocetirizine (Xyzal)loratadine (Alavert, Claritin)

What is the best anti-itch cream for bug bites?

MSN, The Healthy – Best Anti-Itch Creams for Mosquito Bites, According to ExpertsSarna Anti-Itch Lotion.Benadryl Extra Strength Itch-Stopping Gel.Caladryl Calamine Plus Itch Reliever Lotion.CeraVe Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream.11 Aug 2020

Does hydrocortisone help with bug bites?

Hydrocortisone is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the skin and can decrease the redness, itchiness, and swelling that comes from a bug bite.” Cortizone also has aloe vera, which “is an antiseptic agent that protects against infection and can actually help a bug bite heal when applied topically,” Dr. Chen wrote.

Can you rub Benadryl on a bug bite?

Soothe itchy skin fast with BENADRYL® Extra Strength Itch Relief Stick, an easy-to-apply topical analgesic stick with 2% diphenhydramine HCI to help protect your skin. Apply directly on skin to treat pain and itching associated with: insect bites. minor burns.

Can I use hydrocortisone 2.5 on bug bites?

Prescription hydrocortisone cream, 2.5% A 2.5 percent strength topical steroid cream can be used to treat inflammation and itching, which makes it effective if your bug bites get really swollen.

How much Benadryl do I take for a bug bite?

Dosage for pain and itchy skin from hives, insect bites, and other causes. Typical dosage for adults: An application of Benadryl cream, gel, or spray to the affected area up to 3 to 4 times daily.

What can you put on bug bites?

Apply 0.5 or 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or a baking soda paste to the bite or sting several times daily until your symptoms go away. Take an antihistamine (Benadryl, others) to reduce itching.

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