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Are over-the-counter insect treatments worth it?

12th April 2012

Researchers writing in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin have suggested that people should consider using a cold, wet cloth to treat insect bites instead of turning to over-the-counter remedies.

Their investigation has concluded that there is little evidence that creams, painkillers and anti-inflammatories often used for bites from midges, flies, or fleas, actually work and in many cases reactions got better by themselves. The research team reviewed a range of data and evidence published on insect-bite treatments to reach their conclusion.


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Article Information

Title: Are over-the-counter insect treatments worth it?
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 21616
Date Added: 12th Apr 2012


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