The Huffington Post – By Sarah Klein

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mosquitoes can carry life-threatening diseases, but for many people, torturous itchiness feels like more of a threat. While there are plenty of ways to try to prevent the bites in the first place, nothing is 100 percent foolproof, and most of us know all too well that skeeters have a way of finding — and preying on — even the tiniest bit of exposed skin.

That’s why it’s helpful to arm yourself with some handy ways to ease the itching. But first, says Dr. Neal B. Schultz, a board-certified dermatologist in practice in New York City, we need to understand why a bite itches to begin with.

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