If you enjoy outdoor activities in the summertime, and you live in a hot, muggy environment, then you are almost bound to get bitten by pesky mosquitoes. Fortunately, there are some things you can try to help reduce the swelling and get rid of mosquito bites as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that some home remedies for treating mosquito bites aren’t proven to be effective.
Wash the bite with soap and water as soon as possible.
Washing your mosquito bite will clean the surrounding skin and lessen the chance of an infection. Use cold water when you’re washing your bite.
Apply calamine lotion or a Hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream to the bite.
Both of these treatments can reduce itching. Calamine lotion is an antipruritic with zinc oxide and ferric oxide that is used to treat itching. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone has a small amount of steroid that helps relieve itching. It is also widely used.
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Hold an ice pack over the bite.
Icing the mosquito bite will help reduce pain and swelling. Hold the ice pack on your bite for 10 minutes at a time.
Rub witch hazel on the bite.
With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is a plant that has been commonly used as a home remedy for centuries.
Soak the bite in water and Epsom salts.
Epsom salts are made of magnesium and sulfate and offer a go-to remedy for many health ailments in addition to relaxing the mind. Magnesium helps regulate the activity of numerous enzymes, as well as raising serotonin levels in the brain. There are several ways to relieve mosquito bites with Epsom salts:
Take an Epsom salt bath. Fill a bathtub with cold or room temperature water and Epsom salts as directed on the package. Soak in the bath for 30 minutes to an hour.
Create an Epsom salt compress by mixing Epsom salts with water to make a thin paste. Apply the paste to mosquito bites. Then, cover the paste with a cool, damp washcloth. Repeat as necessary.
Reduce swelling with tulsi or stinging nettle.
Both tulsi and stinging nettle may be able to help curb inflammation in your body.
Tulsi is a kind of basil that may also work as a natural antihistamine. Heat a couple sprigs of basil leaves up under some steam and apply gently to the hives.
Some people recommend taking freeze-dried stinging nettle, which is known for its ability to reduce inflammation in the body.
Cover the bite with a baking soda paste.
Baking soda can help relieve irritation and itchiness. To make a baking soda paste, mix 3 teaspoons (15 mL) of baking soda with 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of water. Apply the paste to your bite several times a day.
Use essential oils.
Although they’re not proven to be effective, essential oils may help soothe your skin, treat inflammation, and may even reduce the size of the bite. Be aware of which essential oils work well with your skin (and skin type), as lavender oil, for example, may work wonders in treating mosquito bites but might also attract bees.
Tea tree oil is a great dermatological medicine. Not only does it help treat dandruff, athlete’s foot, and acne, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory, itch-reliever, and it contains properties that help ward off infection.
Like tea tree oil, lavender oil can help treat swelling, reduce inflammation, and relieve the itching sensation associated with mosquito bites. Lavender oil, also like tea tree oil, may ward off other mosquitoes. Unlike tea tree oil, it may also attract bees.
Use the peel of a banana.
Peel a banana and save the banana for later (you could eat it to keep your mind off of the bite). Then, clean the bite with soap and water. Once the bite is clean, hold the inside of the banana peel on the bite for 5-10 minutes, rubbing the peel onto the skin occasionally. The banana peel may relieve any itchiness.
Use meat tenderizer powder.
Mix 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of water and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of meat tenderizer powder to make a paste. Apply the paste to the bite several times a day.
Meat tenderizer powder, which contains papain or bromelain, may help by reducing the itching sensation.
The enzymes that tenderize meat, papain or bromelain, can also be found in several natural ingredients: bromelain can be found in the juice and stem of pineapples,
If you don’t have meat tenderizer handy, but you are equipped with papaya or pineapple, cut out a piece of the meat of either fruit and apply to skin in a pinch.
Use apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar may be an itch-reliever for mosquito bites because of its acidity, although this has not been proven. Be careful using apple cider vinegar, as it may irritate your bite and prevent it from healing. There are two ways to apply the cider vinegar to the bite to relieve the itch:
In a liquid solution:
Mix equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar.
Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply to bites.
Hold for a minute or two and let dry. Reapply as necessary.
In a paste:
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and cornflour.
Apply paste to bites and allow to dry.
Wash off with warm water.
Eliminate standing water around your home so that mosquitoes have nowhere to lay eggs.
Unclog your gutters, change the water in wading pools or birdbaths and store containers upside down so that they don’t collect water. Also, don’t leave tires laying around in your yard.
Repair holes or openings in your windows or door screens.
That way, mosquitoes won’t be as likely to enter your home.
Use an insect repellant.
Get a repellant that contains DEET, Picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Citronella candles may also offer some protection from mosquitoes.
Wear protective clothing when you go outdoors.
Put on long sleeves, long pants and socks. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap with a fold-out neck flap. Wear mosquito net over your face. You can also drape infant seats and strollers with mosquito net to protect children from bites.
Look for clothes that are treated with permethrin to help keep mosquitoes away.
Make an ambient mosquito repellent.
For an ambient mosquito repellent that’s similar to a mosquito lamp or candle, gather together an empty container with a lid, an unused dish sponge, and one or any combination of the following essential oils: lavender, pennyroyal, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, or lemongrass.
Saturate the sponge in one or any combination of the essential oils.
Place the sponge in the container, close it, and let it stand for 24 hours.
Use the ambient repellent by opening the lid of the can and letting the essential oils waft out from the can.
Make a mosquito spray with natural oils and vinegar.
This is a very basic recipe that you can expand and elaborate on. This recipe calls for eucalyptus oil, but feel free to use any combination of oils listed above. Keep in mind that this recipe has not been proven to repel mosquitoes.
Into a spray bottle, mix together:
1/2 cup witch hazel.
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
30-50 drops of essential oils. Choose any combination of citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, lavender, or mint.
Shake ingredients together and spray over uncovered portions of your body. Avoid getting repellent in eyes or mouth. Avoid getting any on your clothing or it could stain.
Make a mosquito repellent from dried or fresh herbs.
This recipe uses boiled herbs and witch hazel as a base. It may help repel mosquitos, although it hasn’t been proven to be effective.
Bring 1 cup of water to boil and add to it 3-4 tablespoons of any combination of dried peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, or cloves. Cover pot.
After two minutes, remove pot from the element and, leaving the cover on, let rest until lukewarm.
Strain water into 1/2 cup witch hazel (or rubbing alcohol) and store in a spray bottle in your refrigerator.
Use on skin as needed.
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