Joel Schlessinger MD shares natural ways to deal with bugs

Joel Schlessinger MD shares natural ways to deal with bugs

Your summer activities can quickly be ruined by pesky insects. While most people reach for the bug repellent, there are others ways you can protect yourself against this annoying summertime issue. In a recent article on, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses ways to not only protect against bites, but also to reduce itching and irritation after you’ve been bitten.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends taking steps to reduce the risk of insect bites.

Before you head outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself against mosquitoes, gnats and other bugs. Loose-fitting clothing is a good defense against bugs because it is harder for them to bite through your clothes. Studies also show that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors so wear white and light shades to guard against bites.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends avoiding areas with standing water. Insects are attracted to still water so if you’re spending time at the beach or by the pool, take extra steps to protect yourself. There are also several natural items that help repel bugs such as garlic, basil and tansy. Surround yourself with these plants for natural protection against bugs.

After you’ve been bit, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using these items to stop itching.

Bug bites cause itching, irritation, swelling and skin that becomes more inflamed as you continue to itch. FixMySkin Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone helps heal skin to soothe itching and irritation caused by insect bites. Other products with ingredients such as aloe vera can reduce swelling and inflammation. Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends using baking soda to help reduce itching.

“Some people mix a few drops of water with baking soda, which can help neutralize the skin’s pH levels to reduce itching,” Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Questions for Joel Schlessinger MD? Ask in the comments section!


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on July 11, 2014, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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