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Health.com: How To Get Rid of Annoying Body Problems

Mosquito Bites

What causes them: When mosquitoes suck your blood, they leave some saliva behind. The itchy bump that appears on your skin afterwards is caused by your immune system reacting to the proteins in mosquito spit.

What to do: Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream, and repeat until the itch is gone. If you're having a more severe reaction, you can take an over-the-counter antihistamine.

The best cure is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. Cover up as much as possible, use insect repellent (including on your clothes), and stay inside during peak biting hours, which for most types of mosquitoes are from dusk to dawn.

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