Mosquito bites are something everyone has dealt with at some point or another and hopes to never have to deal with again. No one likes those itchy, painful, annoying red bumps that seem to take forever to go away, but the good news is there are several things you can do to speed the healing process and take some of the itch away. So, the next time you find yourself plagued by irritating mosquito bites try one of these 10 home remedies.
One of the best remedies for itchy skin whether it be a rash or bug bite is good old pink calamine lotion, according to WebMD. They recommend washing the area thoroughly, applying the lotion and then using an ice pack to reduce the itching and swelling.
Of course, not everyone has calamine lotion at their house, so another remedy that you most likely have on hand is honey. Healthline reports that honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which means it can help the bite heal and reduce the swelling. Just be wary of using it outside as the sweet smell could actually attract more biting insects.
The Global Healing Center recommends apple cider vinegar as another solution to the itch and pain of a mosquito bite. You can either apply it directly to the bite or pour 2 1/2 cups of the vinegar into a bath and soak in it if you have multiple areas that have become bitten and irritated.
Witch Hazel or Alcohol
Another couple antiseptics are witch hazel and rubbing alcohol. These do sting a little bit but according to Everyday Health that is actually good as the new sensation will distract you from the itch. And it is good to know it is helping to heal the bite while distracting you.
These have become all the rage lately, but some essential oils can actually help cure mosquito bites. Mother Nature Network says that an antiseptic oil like tea tree oil can help with the itching while lavender can minimize swelling and ease the discomfort that comes with the bites.
Another solution from the Global Healing Center is aloe vera because it gives short term relief from the itching and swelling as well as aids in long term healing. Using either a fresh cutting from a plant or store-bought aloe juice will work.
Oatmeal is another recommendation from Healthline because it is a known anti-irritant. All you need to do is make a paste with equal amounts water and oatmeal and apply that to the mosquito bite for about 10 minutes before wiping off. An additional solution is to add oatmeal to a warm bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
Another remedy you might have in your pantry is tea. Both green tea according to Everyday Health and chamomile tea according to Healthline are helpful to reduce inflammation and irritation. After steeping the tea bag in cold water for 30 minutes apply it directly to the bite. The cold will help soothe the area and the tea will help heal it.
Perhaps an odd therapy, but one that works according to the Global Healing Center is to apply a raw onion directly to the mosquito bite. Leaving it on the affected area for a few minutes is supposed to help with the stinging and itching.
Of course, the ultimate solution to mosquito bites is to not get them in the first place! Call Mosquito One today to schedule a time for us to come spray your home or business and take care of the problem before it begins.