Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: How to get through a Louisiana bug season

Bug season is in full swing in Louisiana, which consistently ranks as one of the worst states for mosquitoes. Most are familiar with the tried and true prevention methods, like avoiding scented skin products, eliminating standing water and using insect repellent. But if you do end up with a bite, avoid scratching. Also use cold compresses, not heat. Heat makes it itchier! Avoid using rubbing alcohol to help with the itch. This will only temporarily take care of the itch and many people get skin irritation afterward. After a bite, be on the lookout for any skin infections or viral-type symptoms.

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