Here’s how you can figure out what these 9 common bug bites are this summer

Mosquito bites are distressingly familiar, but what about all those other mysterious, red, itchy spots that show up in summer? We asked dermatologists for a handy bite guide to help you identify what was doing the chewing.

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Looking for a natural itch relief?

The main symptom of bug bites is the severe itching. As good as scratching feels, you want to save your skin and your sanity and not stop scratching. Essentials oils like citrus, peppermint, and eucalyptus can provide soothing relief for your skin. For additional relief, Will Cole, DC, renowned functional medicine practitioner has a couple of personal favorites like baking soda and water.

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"Just mix together to form a paste and spread over the bites. It may sting a little but leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off," says Dr. Cole. His other suggestion is a warm bath. "Soaking in a warm tub with magnesium powder is a great relaxing way to soothe the itch." These are the serious bug-bite symptoms you never want to ignore.

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