The science: For an allergy-related bite, look for a hydrocortisone. It will be available from the pharmacy as a one per cent cream or ointment, Soliman says. A cortisone cream works by decreasing inflammation of the skin. The catch: A hydrocortisone cream can be used twice daily; however, it should not be used for longer than five to seven consecutive days as prolonged use can cause skin irritation, Soliman adds.
Seek medical attention if the bite swelling and discomfort don’t ease after two days of treatment.
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