11 natural mosquito bite remedies Want to ditch that annoying itch? Try these home treatments. Though some mosquitoes can carry the West Nile
11 natural mosquito bite remedies
Want to ditch that annoying itch? Try these home treatments.
Though some mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus or the now-infamous Zikavirus, most mosquito bites will do nothing more than cause an itch, whichin itself can be absolutely maddening. Luckily, natural (and not so natural)mosquito bite remedies can provide itch relief so you can get back to enjoyingthe great outdoors this summer.
1. Antihistaminecream. This is one of your best bets if you’ve suddenly found yourself themain course of a mosquito feast. When mosquitoes bite you (and siphon out yourblood), your body sends histamines to the site of the bite because it doesn’trecognize the mosquito saliva. An over-the-counter antihistamine cream willhelp to soothe the itch. Make sure the active ingredient in your cream is dyphenhradamine to maximize effectiveness. Keep a stick or a tube handywhen you’re spending a lot of time outdoors.
If you’d prefer a more natural remedy, or just don’thave any cream, there are some household ingredients you can try.
2. Ice or a coldcompress.A sure-fire way to soothe a mosquito bite fast is to give it achill pill. The cold sensation will help numb the itch and help relieve anyswelling associated with the bite.Studieshave proved the cold can help reduce any histamine-related itch, so thismight be helpful if you find yourself breaking out in hives from something elseas well.
3. Toothpaste. Accordingto theFarmer’sAlmanac, applying regular toothpaste to the bite site can help relieve theitch. This also can help reduce the pain of a fire ant bite (I’ve tried it – itworks!). It might have something to do with the menthol in the toothpaste,which also creates a cooling sensation.
4. Baking soda and water. Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the bite and leave for a few minutes before washing off. Baking soda and water make an alkaline solution, which neutralizes the pH of the skin to provide itch relief.
Rub some lemon or lime juice on mosquito bites to relieve the itch, but don’t use this remedy if the wound is open. (Photo: Blend images/Shutterstock)
5. Lemon and lime juice. These can help relieve the itch, but only try this remedy if you haven’t already scratched the bites. Applying citrus juice to open cuts will sting. Also, only use lemon and lime juice if you’re going to be indoors for a while. Applying these outside can lead to severe sunburns.
6. Vinegar. Anothercommon household ingredient recommended by the almanac is vinegar. Vinegar’santibacterial properties make it ideal for bug bites. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe it on bites. If you have bites all over, pour a few cups in the bathtub with warm water and take a soak.
7. Essential oils. Ifyou happen to have tea tree oil in the house, its natural antiseptic propertiescan help relieve the itch. Lavender oil also has healing benefits. Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, which means to wash. A dab of lavender oil can help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.
8. Honey. This golden goo has many health benefits. It can be used as a topical anti-bacterial ointment to keep bite wounds clean, and its anti-inflammatory properties will help lessen swelling.
Aloe vera is good for more than sunburns. A natural antiseptic agent, it relieves mosquito bites, too. (Photo: Piotr Marcinski/Shutterstock)
9. Aloe vera. If you have an aloe vera plant, cut a meaty portion of a leaf to extract the gel. You can apply the gel directly to the bite, or put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool before applying. Its natural antiseptic qualities will reduce swelling and itching.
10. Tea bags.You may know that you can put tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness. They work the same magic on mosquito bites. Take a cool, used tea bag and place it on the bite.
11. A slap. Another thing you can try in a pinch? A pinch! A pinch or a slap to the area will register as pain in your brain, and because your brain can only register one sensation at a time, it will take the place of the itch. Not the most pleasant remedy on the list, but it works!
Now that you know how to ditch the itch, find out why those littlebuggerscauseyou to itch in the first place.