Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites
Most of the time, mosquito bites left me with itchy and unpleasant red bumps, blisters, or bruises. Sometimes they even transformed into multiple bumps in a day or so if scratched them hard. However, these bites did give me a chance to try out several remedies for treating the mosquito bites effectively. I treat the mosquito bites using these things lying around me for instant relief. I hope they will help you too.
First and foremost, I wash the bite area using soap and water. Then proceed to apply any of the below remedies for reducing the itch. Each of them has a varied level of relief and works differently on every individual. Make sure that you note down the ones that work best for you and follow them.
Ice Pack: Applying an ice pack can help in reducing the swelling as well as numbs the itching sensation or pain caused due to the bite.
Baking Powder Paste: Mix 1:1 ratio of baking powder and water. Apply it on the bite and wash off after 10 minutes to assuage itching. Repeat it after some time if required.
Oatmeal Paste: Soak a spoon of colloidal oatmeal in a cup of lukewarm water. Apply this paste on bites and wash after 10 to 15 minutes. It helps in easing the inflammation.
Pressure: Pushing the bite down using a blunt object such as a pen cap will relieve itching temporarily.
Tooth Paste: A menthol-flavored toothpaste is soothing, and its astringent power reduces the fluid build-up, eliminating the swelling.
Honey: Honey is a natural antibiotic and treats mosquitoes bites effectively. Mostly scratched open wounds are particularly beneficial when you apply honey.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera is another natural antiseptic, and the trick here is to cool it before using it. Keep the freshly cut leaf in the fridge for 10 minutes and rub the clear gel on the affected portion.
Banana Peel: The white part of a banana peel is excellent at treating insect bites. You just need to rub the inner side of the peel on the bite as it has natural oils in it to treat the bite.
Vapour Rub: Vapour rub contains menthol and camphor that are natural astringents that help provide a cooling effect. Along with curbing the urge to itch, it also provides relief from the bite.
GoodByeBites: Here is another tool in your arsenal. It is a simple and effective suction tool that pulls out the saliva of the mosquito from the bite and avoids any further reaction. It is portable, easy-to-use and kid friendly.
Avoid scratching as your body’s immune system starts producing histamines that increase the itch and swelling to protect the bitten spot. If you resist scratching, you will avoid this natural reaction.
Also, scratching the bite opens the skin that can get infected easily. Red, warm and spreading bumps may indicate a severe infection. Visit the doctor if symptoms do not subside. All these are temporary relief providing remedies but not the treatment itself.