Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Most mosquito bites stop itching and heal on their own without medical treatment.

Topical treatments

Apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to bites. A cold pack or baggie filled with crushed ice may help, too.

Oral antihistamines

For stronger reactions, taking an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) may ease your body's response.

Oct. 24, 2012