Simple Ways To Treat Mosquito Bites
- April 23, 2020
We’ve come to accept the fact that mosquitos are a part of summer. No matter how hard you try to avoid them or implement effective mosquito control, there’s a good chance that you will be bitten at some point during the year. A mosquito bite might be unavoidable, and with it, the annoying itch. Here are some ways to avoid the pain of a mosquito bite.
Everyone has used an ice pack, a compress, or a bag of frozen peas to reduce swelling at some point in their life. That’s because it’s a well-known fact that cold temperatures reduce inflammation and numb pain. That’s also true with mosquito bites. Applying an ice pack to a mosquito bite for just five minutes can provide temporary relief of mosquito bites, so at least you can get some sleep instead of scratching yourself all night
Baking soda is something that most people have in their kitchens already. It has been used to treat bug bites and bee stings for generations, and it can also work on mosquito bites. Baking soda has unique alkaline properties that help reduce inflammation and soothe itches. Just mix one tablespoon of baking soda with water to make a paste that can be applied to the affected area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping away.
Another product with many purposes, calamine lotion, has been a trusted remedy for families for a long time. It can be used to treat a number of skin conditions caused by bites, rashes, and the oils of poison ivy and poison oak. Just apply directly to the skin, and the zinc oxide will help calm the mosquito bite. Calamine lotion can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy.
A miracle of modern science, antihistamines are a tried and true method of easing pain from mosquito bites or any other inflammation caused by bites or allergic reactions. Our body creates histamines in response to a mosquito bite to fight the enzymes that are injected into your body. These enzymes are harmless but trigger your body’s immune system to respond, causing the itchy red bumps we are all familiar with. Antihistamines block histamines from binding to receptors located on affected cells to prevent swelling and itchiness.
As we mentioned before, mosquito bites cause our bodies to react and create histamines to fight the intruding enzymes the mosquito injects. Antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are designed to block the production of histamine, which causes the itchiness in the first place.
Garlic is used as a remedy for many conditions, but it’s also known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. If you happen to have some garlic lying around you, create an effective anti-itch cream. Even if you aren’t a vampire, you should never apply garlic directly to the skin. Its high potency can cause burning and itching.
Start by mincing up garlic and mix with an unscented lotion or coconut oil to reduce the potency of the garlic. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then clean it off your skin. Wipe the area with a cool, damp washcloth. Apply later if the itching persists.
Before mosquitos start giving you and your family problems, call the experts at DFW Mosquito.