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Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

What Are the Risks of Sunscreen and Bug Repellent Together?

Applying sunscreen and bug repellent at the same time can increase your absorption of the ingredients, unless the repellent is picaridin.

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Do You Need a New Insect Repellent?

The EPA has just registered nootkatone, a new insect repellent ingredient that discourages ticks as well as mosquitoes.

a dripping water faucet
Alternative Health

Can Science Explain How Hot Water Stops Itch?

Decades ago, dermatologists knew that hot water stops itch. Now research scientists have figured out that it all works through TRP channels.

A tiger mosquito feeding
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

This week, share your thoughts and learn about skeeter syndrome, how certain common drugs affect your ability to think and statin side effects.

Woman scratching itchy arm
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Beware Skeeter Syndrome: Mosquito Bites That Won’t Quit

No one likes mosquito bites. They itch like crazy, but usually last for only a short time. People with skeeter syndrome are far worse off. The bites last!

an Aedes aegypti mosquito biting and feeding
Alternative Health

How to Prevent and Stop the Itch of Mosquito Bites FAST!

How do you prevent mosquito bites? Deet, picaridin, vitamin B1, Listerine? If your tricks fail, how do you stop the itch of mosquito bites? How about HEAT?

woman scratching an itch on her side
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Bug Bites that Blister Respond to Hot Water

What do you do when you have really itchy bug bites? OTC anti-itch creams are not always that effective. You may be surprised how well hot water works.

Young woman with dog wearing the right clothes for hiking
Alpha-Gal Allergy

The Right Clothes Can Protect You from Ticks

When venturing out into tick territory, wear the right clothes: long sleeves and long pants coated with permethrin. This can deter ticks and reduce the risk of bites.

mosquito (Aedes aegypti) biting a person's arm
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Will Coconut Oil Protect You from Mosquitoes and Ticks?

A reader reports success using coconut oil on the skin to repel mosquitoes and ticks. There is a little science to support its use against tick bites.

Listerine bottle
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Can You Make Mouthwash Double as Bug Spray?

One reader has found that old-fashioned amber Listerine can serve as a bug spray to keep mosquitoes and ticks from biting.

An Anopheles Arabiensis mosquito sucking blood
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

How Can You Keep Mosquitoes Away?

To keep mosquitoes away, you need a good repellent. DEET works, but it also can melt plastic. Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus could be alternatives.

ticks on a blade of grass
Bartonellosis

Ticks and Mosquitoes Responsible for More Disease

Diseases spread through the bites of ticks and mosquitoes have become three times as common in the last dozen years, according to the CDC.

Dried licorice root fragments
Alternative Health

Licorice Oil Calms the Heat of Fire Ant Stings

Licorice oil applied to cold sores, stings, burns and bites helps ease the pain and speed healing.

a mosquito on somone's skin
Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Who Is Right About the Best Mosquito Repellent?

Finding the best mosquito repellent can help you avoid infection with West Nile virus from mosquitoes or Lyme disease (carried by ticks).

Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her arm
a mosquito on somone's skin
a mosquito on somone's skin
mosquito (Aedes aegypti) biting a person's arm
a lone star tick on the end of a finger
Alpha-Gal Allergy

Tick Bite Leads to Scary Allergy

A bite from a lone star tick can lead to a scary allergy to mammalian meat–beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, venison, and more–that could be a medical emergency.