Bug-bite medications might be waste of money

April 12, 2012 9:50:12 AM PDT
A new report finds there is little evidence that over-the-counter insect bite remedies actually work.

Most insect bites cause mild itching, pain and swelling, as well as secondary problems caused by scratching the bite.

A new study in this month's journal Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin finds many over-the-counter products, including antihistamines, steroids, antiseptics and astringents, are largely ineffective.

Researchers say most of the minor issues will go away on their own without treatment.