As the dog days of summer are here, mosquitoes are out in full force. If you are is “sweetmeat” to these pests, then you have experienced those red, itchy painful bites. Not only can these bites swell up considerably, but they can also cause an allergic reaction. Fortunately, most mosquito bites only cause a mild reaction. Here are some tips to get rid of these itchy bites.
Ice is a great way to reduce swelling and inflammation. Applying crushed ice directly to the bite will help provide temporary relief. Don’t let ice directly sit for longer than five minutes on your skin, as it could cause frostbite. If you have a burning sensation near the site, try using an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
Using an oatmeal paste is a wonderful solution if you have suffered multiple bites. Oatmeal has anti-irritant qualities and can greatly reduce the itching and swelling that comes with mosquito bites. Simply make a paste using equal parts of oatmeal and water. Make sure that it is thick enough to be applied to the skin. Once it is ready, apply to the affected areas with a spoon and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wipe the spots clean with a washcloth. If bites are all over your body, consider taking an oatmeal bath.
Baking soda is a kitchen essential and has many different uses. Because it is a neutralizer, it is extremely effective in soothing insect bites, including mosquito bites. Much like the oatmeal treatment, use a baking soda paste with one tablespoon of baking soda and enough water to make a paste to treat the bites. Apply the paste to the bites for about 10 minutes. Then wash it off with a wet washcloth.
Use medications like antihistamines or hydrocortisone to treat bug bites. Antihistamines can be taken orally or applied topically. Specifically designed to relieve itching and inflammation, this medication is extremely effective on bug bites. Hydrocortisone is also available as an over-the-counter drug or as a cream. The best practice is to speak with your doctor about what medication is best for you.