Mosquito Bite Relief – What to Do When Bitten By a Mosquito

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Anyone who’s ever traveled to or lived in a place where mosquitoes are prevalent will tell you how annoying getting bitten can be. Unlike some insect bites and stings, mosquito bites are not venomous, but they can cause extreme irritation and itchiness (especially when bitten multiple times).

Most of the focus these days is on preventing mosquito bites from occurring in the first place (especially in areas where there are mosquitoes carrying malaria, but what can you do if you get bitten by a mosquito? What mosquito bite relief is available?

Methods – Mosquito Bite Relief

The main symptom of mosquito bites is itchiness. Scratching the bite will only make it worse, and it’ll take longer to heal, so the best thing you can do is to leave it alone completely.

mosquito bite reliefTo help you along with this, there are things that you can do to both reduce the itchiness of a bite and speed up the healing process.

Preparing the Bite

The first thing that you should do after being bitten by a mosquito is to wash the affected area with soap and water to remove any bacteria that may have been left on the skin. This will make the bite less itchy, thus reducing your urge to scratch it.

Mosquito Bite Relief Products

There are many products on the market that can help to give mosquito bite relief. Depending on where you are in the world, however, you might find that only certain products are for sale. Because of this, I’ve listed a few to give you the best chance of finding something that’ll work.

  • Calamine lotion – A well known remedy for itchy skin. Also used for treating chicken pox and poison ivy.
  • Topical Antihistamines – Used for all kinds of allergic reactions (such as hayfever) and bite relief. Note that taking an oral antihistamine product can cause drowsiness.
  • Hydrocortisone cream

If you feel like going all out, try taking a bath and adding colloidal oatmeal to the water. Alternatives you can try adding are Epsom salt and baking soda. All three products can help to relieve the itchiness of a bite. This is particularly useful if you’re covered from head to toe in bites, as it’s the easiest way to address all of them.

When using any kind of bite relief product, always be sure to read the label before using it. If it’s in a foreign language, get someone who can understand the language to read it for you.

Home Remedies

There may be times when you won’t be able to find any of the store-bought products listed above or when they simply won’t work for you.

In case of this, it’s good to have a few home remedies to fall back on. Here’s a list of my top mosquito bite home remedies:

  • Baking soda and water –I mentioned earlier about taking a bath with baking soda in it, and this idea is similar (just on a smaller scale). Make a paste from water and baking soda and rub it onto the surface of the bite.
  • Garlic salt and water – This is very similar to the baking soda and water remedy, only with garlic salt instead. Note that this may sting for a few seconds after application.
  • Tea tree oil – Use a cotton ball to apply tea tree oil to the affected area.
  • Tobacco juice – Rubbing tobacco juice into the skin can have a great effect (although it can be difficult to find tobacco juice). Be careful of getting it on your clothes as it stains badly.

Remember that if you have a negative reaction to taking any products, or if you think that the bite may have lead to something worse, don’t hesitate to see your doctor immediately.

Things to watch out for include swelling on your face, hives, shortness of breath, light-headedness and difficulty swallowing. These symptoms are most likely to occur within the first hour of being bitten.

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