Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites: Amazing Ways to Stop the Itch and Swellling
Mosquito bites are the hallmark of warmer weather. Most mosquito bites are harmless, but some can cause complications. Mosquitoes bites happen because they are attracted to human blood. The bite, which might not appear until hours later, creates a bump that is typically swollen, sore, or itchy.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases, although the likelihood of being infected by a mosquito depends largely on where you live. Another rare problem caused by a mosquito bite is a negative reaction to the bite itself. If you have a mosquito bite and develop hives, difficulty in breathing, or a swollen throat, contact a doctor immediately.
You may not notice when a mosquito bites you, but the bump the bite leaves behind comes with a persistent itch that can linger for days after the bite. Creams and ointments can help, but you can also beat the itch with things that are probably already lying around your house.
Mosquito Bite Signs to Watch Out For
Well, before getting to know what type of home remedy can help you with mosquito bites, have a glance at the major signs of mosquito bites on the skin that you have to watch out for:
- Itching sensation
- Appearance of bumps on the skin
- Swelling at the area surrounding the bite
- Manifestation of blisters
- Dark spots
- Hives around the area of the bite (in few cases only)
WAYS TO STOP MOSQUITO BITES FROM ITCHING AND SWELLING
Cold temperatures and ice can reduce inflammation. The cold also numbs the skin, which can give you immediate but short-term relief. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a cold pack or a bag filled with crushed ice to relieve the itching caused by a mosquito bite. Don’t leave the ice directly on your skin for more than five minutes as it can damage the skin. You can also put a barrier, such as a washcloth, between your skin and the ice so you can leave the ice on the bitten skin longer.
Oatmeal can relieve itching and swelling because it contains special compounds that have anti-irritant qualities. Make an oatmeal paste by mixing equal amounts of oatmeal and water in a bowl until you have a spackle-like substance. Spoon some paste onto a washcloth and hold it, paste-side down on the irritated skin for about 10 minutes. Then wipe the area until it’s clean.
If you have many bites, try an oatmeal bath instead. Sprinkle 1 cup of oatmeal or ground oats into a bathtub full of warm water. Soak in the oatmeal bath for 20 minutes, occasionally rubbing some of the clumped oatmeal onto irritated areas of your skin.
Baking Soda and Household Ammonia
Here, you will get the combination of the antiseptic property of household ammonia and the alkalinity of baking soda. Give this remedy a try to get relief from the itching sensation of the mosquitos bites.
Not only can onions bring tears to your eyes, they can bring relief to your mosquito bites as well. The onion’s juices, which leak out from the freshly cut bulb, can reduce the bite’s sting and irritation. Onions also have a natural antifungal property that can reduce your risk of an infection.
Cut a slice from an onion — no matter the type— and apply it directly on the affected area for several minutes. Rinse and wash the area well after you remove the onion.
Chamomile, which is a member of the daisy family, is a common natural remedy for many ailments. When applied on the skin, the tea can reduce inflammation, ease skin irritation, and speed up the healing process.
Steep a tea bag filled with the dried, crushed flowers in water in a refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then squeeze any excess water from the tea bag and apply it directly to your bite. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe the area clean with a wet rag.
Just a dab of toothpaste (preferably the cheap, white, pasty kind) can help relieve itching of bites. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and ingredients like baking soda and menthol help to relieve the irritation.
- Only female mosquitoes bite. (We’re sure most men enjoy that little tidbit.) They don’t actually do it for food; rather, they need it to be able to produce eggs. Once the female has safely acquired a “blood meal”, she will rest for a few days while her body develops the eggs from digesting the proteins and iron in the blood, producing amino acids which are used as the building blocks for the synthesis of the egg yolk proteins.
- Annually, mosquitoes transmit diseases to over two-thirds of a billion people or around 1/10th of the human population. About two million of these people die from whatever disease they received through the mosquito bite.
- Mosquitoes can detect the various compounds on your body that attract them from as far as 150 ft. away.
Watch this video to learn more about mosquito bites:
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