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.

Credits

Current as of: February 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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