Got insect bites? Roll on an antiperspirant.

that the liquid dries, eliminates itchy insect bites

The mosquitoes and other insects can make life miserable.

can ruin barbecues, concerts or just a walk in the park.

“I can not think of a good reason for them,” said Dr. Ken Haller, a pediatrician SLUCare.

Haller has the perfect recipe if mosquitoes feast on your skin. Rub a little roll-on antiperspirant directly on the bite.

“The aluminum salts in the antiperspirant help the body reabsorb the liquid insect bites,” he said. “The swelling goes down and the itching stops.”

Haller spread the news to their patients and their parents during the summer months during routine checkups.

Many respond with, “You have to be kidding,” Haller said.

Haller first learned the antiperspirant trick 10 years ago from a nurse.

“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard,” he said.

The technique was tried and found to work. It is now a staple in the backpack he carries with him on bike rides.

The main objective is to reduce perspiration antiperspirant. When applied underarm antiperspirant, the aluminum salt causes fluid less available and keeps individuals sweating, Haller said.

Haller, associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical School of the University of St. Louis professor, explains that when insect bites skin cells and release chemicals that cause fluids build up in the skin. When this occurs, there are several chemicals, including histamine, the body releases to combat invasion, causing itching occur.

“The inflammatory response ends up being worse than what you are trying to fight,” Haller said. “Our body overreacts type.”

His advice is to avoid putting antiperspirant hands or face, because people do not want to ingest aluminum salts.

“Roll-on antiperspirant works best as it is absorbed quickly,” Haller said.

Mosquitoes are not the only insects out there with the ability to bring a good time to stop quickly.

Dr. Raymond Slavin, professor of internal medicine at SLU School of Medicine, said 2 million people are allergic to stinging insects, including yellow jackets, wasps, bees and wasps. Symptoms may include hives, asthma and a drop in blood pressure. Severe reactions can lead to death.

“It is a systemic reaction,” Slavin said.

This type of reaction occurs because the body is allergic to poison left by the insect. People with allergies should go to the emergency room for treatment.

If doctors suspect an allergy, which will test a patient. Once the answer is known, patients can receive a series of allergy shots to help reduce reactions to future stings.

Shots usually are covered by health insurance providers. Multiple injections are given over a period of five years.

In a given year, the Clinical Reference SLU will poison in nearly two dozen patients who are allergic to insect stings.

“Summer is when the insects are present,” Slavin said. “Summer is when they become aggressive.”

Sheila Evans of Ellsinore, Mo., came to the clinic last month and knew he was allergic to insect bites. She begins her treatment fired on July 22 is expected that vaccines help prevent such an easy reaction bites future, he said.

“If a person is allergic to an insect, there is a 60 percent chance the next time a person is bitten, the patient has such a bad reaction or worse,” Slavin said.

Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:

– Mosquitoes are active in the morning and evening

– Ensure there is no standing water in the yard

– Use insect repellents

– If DEET is used, put on clothes and skin areas exposed, but no hands or face

– Use citronella candles

– avoid prints in bright colors, as it attracts insects

Here are some tips to avoid being bitten by an insect:

– Do not walk barefoot in the courtyard

– Avoid perfumes floral scent around pools

– Never remove a nest


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