Do you love going outdoors like going on a hike, camping, strolling around in the late afternoon or simply just sitting on your porch grabbing some night fresh breeze? Then suddenly a blood sucking insect ruins your moment of calmness. Here come the pesky mosquitoes!
Mosquitoes survive by sucking on human and animal blood. Using their thin, sharp mouthparts they pierce the skin of the host to suck up the blood. Most mosquito bites are harmless, but some can cause complications and diseases. We often don't feel the bite when it happens, but minutes later it creates a bump that is typically swollen and annoyingly itchy.
Luckily, these easy mosquito bite remedies probably found lying around your house can provide itch relief so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors.
- ICE CUBES
Ice can reduce inflammation by numbing the skin, which can give you immediate but short term relief. Use a cold pack or bag filled with ice to soothe the itch. Don't leave the ice directly on the bite for more than five minutes. To leave the ice on the bite longer, use a washcloth which can serve as a barrier.
- TOOTH PASTE
The menthol ingredient of the toothpaste creates a cooling sensation on your skin giving you a relief from the itch.
Honey is commonly used as home remedy for sore throats but it can also be used to treat mosquito bites due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Use a drop of it topically above the bite and will help lessen the swelling.
- ALOE VERA
Aside from the fact that the gel from the plant gives a cooling sensation to the skin, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the swelling and prevents you from itching the bite.
One of your favorite breakfast, oatmeal serves as an alternative for relieving insect bites due to its special compounds and anti-irritant qualities. Make up your own concoction by simply mixing a couple spoonfuls of oatmeal with water creating a paste-like substance. Then apply directly to the bite and leave it for ten minutes.
Protect yourself from getting bit by following these simple tips:
- Apply mosquito repellants when going outdoors
- Wear loose, long sleeved shirts and long pants
- Remove stagnant water in your home as these can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes
- Use mosquito nets when sleeping outdoors