Mosquitoes are a nuisance that can destroy an otherwise enjoyable time outdoors, especially in the spring and summer months.
Apart from that, mosquitoes in some parts of the world carry life-threatening diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever. In most cases, however, the worst thing about a mosquito bite is the itchy, inflamed spot left behind. Fortunately, these symptoms are typically easily treatable with home remedies and over-the-counter medications.
In this article you’ll get to know how you can treat mosquito bite fast and easily.
1. Clean the bite with soap and cool water – As soon as you can, gently wash the bite and the area around it with soap and water. This can help soothe itching and prevent infection. Rinse away any soap and gently pat the area dry with a clean towel.
* Opt for cool water rather than warm or hot. Cool water can help soothe reduce swelling and soothe itching.
* Don’t rub the bite when you dry it off, since this can irritate the bite and make any itching worse.
2. Try an over-the-counter hydrocortisone or antihistamine cream – Although medicated creams and gels may not be the least expensive way to heal mosquito bites, they may be the easiest. Simply dab a little onto the bitten area and rub it in gently so the medicine is absorbed by the skin.
* Hydrocortisone creams can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Antihistamine creams, such as Benadryl, can relieve itching and minimize the urge to scratch the bite.
* Make sure the skin is clean before you rub in any cream or gel to ensure you don’t irritate your skin.
3. Dab the bite with toothpaste – A light dab of regular toothpaste directly on a mosquito bite may relieve itchiness and any pain associated with the bite. Toothpaste tends to work best as a remedy if you put it on the bite immediately.
* Toothpastes with mint tend to work better than other flavors. The menthol in the mint also has a cooling effect, which helps to soothe inflammation and reduce swelling.
Tip: If you know you’re going to be in a mosquito-prone area, carry a travel-size tube of toothpaste with you in case you get bitten.
4. Smear on aloe vera lotion or gel – If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you likely already understand the soothing effect of aloe vera.
The same aloe vera lotion or gel can also ease itching and inflammation of mosquito bites.
* If you’re using natural or organic aloe vera gel, putting it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying it to your skin adds a cooling effect that may further reduce inflammation.
5. Rub honey on the bite to clean it and reduce swelling – Honey has antibacterial properties that work to clean the bitten skin and provide a protective barrier against bacteria. Since honey is also an anti-inflammatory, it may help to reduce inflammation and swelling around the bite.
* Organic or local honey varieties may work better than commercial honey to provide relief because they don’t have added sugars or other chemicals.
* Don’t use honey if you’re still outside, since it may attract other insects.