Mosquito bites can be annoying, painful and itchy. Luckily there are some ways to relieve the symptoms of mosquito bites. There are natural home remedies for mosquito bite relief, by using items that are already in your kitchen.
Continue reading to find out the most effective mosquito bite relief and enjoy the summer days.
Natural remedies for mosquito bite relief
There are dozens of natural remedies for mosquito bites. You can try to use these together with or without topical medicine. A lot of these treatments are things you probably already have in the house.
Some work better than others. The effectiveness of the remedies will also vary from person to person.
Below the most reliable itch and pain relievers and natural mosquito bite relief remedies are listed:
- Place a banana peel (the inner part) on the bitten place. It will help reduce the itching and swelling.
- Mix water with kosher salt (one teaspoon to make a paste) in your palm and rub the paste on the bitten area. Leave the scrub on your skin for a minute or 2 then rinse away. Kosher salt has abrasive properties and dries out the bitten place. The itch should stop almost immediately! For especially dry skin, mix with the salt with a little honey. Coat the bite with toothpaste (preferably with peppermint flavor) for itch relief.
- Make a paste with baking soda and water and cover the bite with it to cut down the itching.
- Put an onion slice on the bite. Leave it for several minutes till the itching subsides. Then gently wash the area.
- Aloe vera juice or gel can be applied to the bite to stop the itching. Aloe vera is also good for helping bites heal.
- A few drops of honey can also soothe mosquito bites.
- Put an ice pack on the bite for at least twenty minutes. This remedy is very good for bites that are swollen and big.
- Leave a tea bag on the bite for several minutes can also reduce swelling.
Do not scratch!
Scratching bites usually causes to itch even more. There is a big chance the bites to become infected by scratching and to leave scars.
Mosquito bite allergies and infections
- If you have a mosquito bite allergy or the bite is swollen and red, take antihistamines for a day or two after you are bitten. It will often eliminate some of the itching, swelling, and other side effects. If you use a topical histamine blocker be cautious not to overdose on antihistamines.
- In people who have mosquito allergies, mosquito bites can trigger asthma attacks. If you have asthma and seem to be sensitive to mosquito bites, you may want to carry an inhaler with you if you are going to be prone to mosquitoes.
- It is not very usual people to have severe anaphylaxis from mosquito bites. If someone has throat swelling, trouble breathing or rash and hives after the bite, look for emergency help immediately.
- If a bite becomes swollen, very oozy, warm to the touch, filled with pus, or is colored dark red or black (even possibly with yellow center), the chance of it being infected is huge. The bite may have to be drained to clear out the pus and infection in it. If the infection becomes severe enough, you may even need to see a doctor for treatment.
- Treat infected bites by rinsing them using water and soap. Wash it with hydrogen peroxide several times daily as well. Just pour a bit of it over the bite and allow it to sit there for a couple of minutes. Then pat it dry rather than rubbing it. For swelling you can apply an ice pack for 20 minutes periodically through the day. Apply a ant-itching gel or cream to prevent the itching.
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