A new report published in the current edition of the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin suggests that many over the counter bug remedies are largely ineffective. In the new report, researchers examined the effectiveness of painkillers, anesthetics, antihistamines and antiseptics on minor swelling and itching caused by common bugs like mosquitoes.
According to us news.com, the researchers found most common over the counter bug bite treatments offered "only marginally effective and occasionally cause sensitization." One less common treatment, diluted ammonia, did show some promise for alleviating sting and itch associated with bug bites.
"There is little evidence for the efficacy of treatments for simple insect bites," the reviewers said. "The symptoms are often self-limiting and, in many cases, no treatment may be needed."
by RTT Staff Writer
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