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Your Health: Protecting Your Skin from Bug Bites, Poison Ivy


It's Monday and time to focus on your health. This week, we talked about keeping your skin safe while your outside from things like bug bites and poison ivy.

Dr. Elizabeth Nietert with Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin stopped by Sunrise 7 to offer some tips and advice. You can learn more by watching the video above.

While bug bites are itchy and sometimes painful, there's not much you can do about them. The best advice she has is to try not to scratch them, use calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and ice. As far as prevention, she says you can use bug sprays with deet in them.

To poison ivy, sumac and oak now. Dr. Nietert says if there's a reaction to anyone of them, wash your skin with water to remove the oil. You should also use cool compresses, take oatmeal/baking soda baths, use calamine lotion, and anti-histamines. You can also see your dermatologist.

Lastly, we can't forget about protecting our skin from the sun. She says prevention is key. You should use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply it every 2 hours. If you do get burned, put a cool, damp towel on the area, take a bath, use Aloe Vera, moisturize the area, drink plenty of fluids, take ibuprofen, leave blisters alone and avoid more sun.


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