July 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM ET
After watching swarming mosquitoes attack NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders’ arm during a TODAY test of a phone app touted as a bug repellent, you might be wondering how best to soothe those bothersome bites (or at the very least, he might.)
Dr. Laura Ferris, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, offered up some tips for quieting the itch.
Of course the best way to deal with bites is to avoid getting them.
If you’re going to be in the sun and plan on wearing sunscreen, remember that while you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, you should apply a repellent only once. While it takes a lot of repellent to get a toxic exposure, one way to get into trouble is with multiple applications in a single day. And remember, unlike sunscreen, repellents need not be applied to every single square millimeter of skin to be effective.
Also: Don't stick your hand in a tank full of mosquitoes. We're talking to you, Kerry Sanders.
Linda Carroll is a regular contributor to NBCNews.com and TODAY.com. She is co-author of "The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic” and the recently released “Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing’s Greatest Rivalry.”