Browntail moths are a nuisance every year at this time. For details from the Maine CDC about browntail moth and ways to decrease exposure, please click here.
Browntail moth rash tends to be red, bumpy and itchy. Unfortunately, many rashes can be described this way. If you suspect your child has browntail moth rash, start by giving him/her a comfortably cool bath with either baking soda or Aveeno Oatmeal Bath. You may apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, such as Cortaid, sparingly to the itchiest areas. To all areas you may apply Calamine or Caladryl lotion. For very young children, be careful not to apply any creams or lotions to places where he/she may rub them into eyes or mouth. In these areas you may apply a mixture of baking soda and water as a lotion. Keep fingernails short and hands clean. Be sure to wash all clothing your child was wearing when outdoors. If symptoms are not at least somewhat relieved by these measures, contact our office for additional advice.