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Oral antihistamines for insect bites
  1. Bernard A Foëx, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care,
  2. Caroline Lee, SpR Midlands rotation
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary

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    Report by Bernard A Foëx, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Critical CareChecked by Caroline Lee, SpR Midlands rotationManchester Royal Infirmary

    A short cut review was carried out to establish whether oral antihistamines are effective in the management of insect bites. In total, 994 citations were reviewed of which seven answered the three part question. The clinical bottom line is that antihistamines, used before and after, appear to be effective in reducing the immediate/early …

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