Mosquitoes are unpleasant insects. Not only do they produce that ultra-annoying sound, but they also bite us. This leaves itchy, red spots on our skin that heal quite slowly, especially if you scratch them. But there are several remedies that you can use to ease the itching and help those unwanted mosquito bites heal more quickly.
We’ve given a lot of tips about how to avoid and/or repel mosquitoes on our website. But, until now, we hadn’t covered what to do after the insect has bitten you.
A mosquito needs to be in contact with your skin for six seconds or more for you to develop any kind of reaction to the mosquito bite.
So, if a sneaky mosquito has managed to be in contact with your skin for more than six seconds, read on to find out what to do.
Natural Mosquito Bite Cures
For natural mosquito bite treatment, we suggest trying herbal remedies. Most of these have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that will help ease the itching and help you heal faster.
- Aloe vera has over 100 different components that will benefit your skin.
- By itself, chamomile is a soothing herb – whether you drink it or apply it to your skin.
- Lavender will help soothe the itching, too.
- Tea tree oil will help the bites heal and will reduce the itching a little.
- Basil is not only useful in the kitchen but is also great at relieving itching.
- Lemon and lime have antibacterial properties and can help lessen itching.
- Peppermint will give you a cooling sensation that will block out other sensations and stop the itching for a while.
- Cucumber will reduce the swelling.
- Cinnamon and honey are antibacterial remedies to make sure your bites don’t get infected and won’t get worse.
Pharmaceutical Mosquito Bite Cures
If you’d rather go to a pharmacy and try some of the mosquito bite remedies they offer, we suggest Absorbine Jr. This will quickly soothe any pain or itching caused by mosquitoes. Another perk is that the effects will last for quite some time.
You can use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the bites so that they don’t get infected.
Some also say that Orajel, Listerine, or any other mouthwash is amazing at relieving pain and itching – despite being oral treatments.
The good news about mosquitoes is that the more mosquitoes bite you, the more you’ll become desensitized. This means that the more you get bitten, the less serious of a reaction you’ll have. Until then, make sure that you protect young children against mosquitoes and use some of these remedies to lessen the impacts of mosquito bites on your skin.