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Home Remedies for Bites and Stings

Topic Overview

Home remedies may help to relieve the pain of an insect bite. While they haven't been proven scientifically, many people report relief. You can try one or more and see whether they help you.

  • Apply calamine lotion, underarm deodorant, or witch hazel to the bite.
  • Soak the bite site in Epsom salt and water.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised October 14, 2011

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