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Sick of the bug bites? 3 summer problems and their over-the-counter cures

Bug bites are just one of the little annoyances of summer.

Bug-bites, allergies, and sunburns, they are the expected and inconvenient signs of summer.

Phil Cowley shares his pharmacy fix for these pesky problems.

Find more advice from Phil on Instagram or TikTok @philsmypharmacist, or on YouTube.

3 Over-the-Counter Summer Cures


Bug Bite hack

Diphenhydramate 8 50mg tablets 7.00

Hydrocortisone 1% 15grams 1 tablespoonful 6.50

Lidocaine pain gel 4% 15 grams 1 tablespoonful 8.00

And tucks pads


Allergy Meds

Do step 1 Zyrtec (cetirizine) or xyzal (levocetirizine)

Then if that doesn’t work

Step 2 nasacort nasal spray (triamcinolone nasal spray 22.00 120 sprays) once to twice a day

If that doesn’t work

Allegra D (Fexofenodine with psuedophedrine) in the morning


Replace the Zyrtec with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night

Then Add nasacrom (cromolyn nasal spray

Then add ketotifen eye drops


Sunburn hack

Lidocaine 4% gel 30 grams 2 tablespoons

Aquaphor ointment 30grams 2 tablespoons

Aloe Vera gel 30 grams 2 tablespoons

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