It is that time of the year when enjoying the great outdoors is followed by mosquito bites. Mosquito bites can be risky. Children are more prone than adults, and while most bites are harmless, some people have a severe, even life-threatening allergic reaction. Mosquitoes inject a tiny straw and release anti-clotting agents. The body reacts by releasing histamine, which creates a small, itchy bump, that is actually the body’s allergic reaction. The best way to prevent mosquito bites naturally is to avoid the bugs. Mosquitoes are more attracted to larger people and pregnant women. They are also attracted to sweet-smelling lotions and perfumes.
Here is a list of 10 home fixes for mosquito bites that are better than the toxic pesticides:
- ANTIHISTAMINE CREAM - an antihistamine cream or stick will help the itch and swelling.
- GREEN TEA BAG - a refrigerated, dampened green tea bag can help soothe the itch, and compounds in the tea can help with inflammation.
- HONEY - honey has an antiseptic ingredient that can help prevent a bite from getting infected. But, be careful as the sweetness could attract more bites!
- TAPE - putting tape on the bite can help not to scratch, especially at night. If you scratch too hard, you could break the skin and introduce an infection.
- ALOE VERA - aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, so this could help the itch. For even more relief, use refrigerated aloe vera gel, since the cold will help with the itchiness.
- ALCOHOL - rubbing alcohol can take away the itch and the bite away. Hand sanitizers with alcohol work pretty well too, as they could help prevent bites from getting infected. And their stinging sensation helps distract you from the itch.
- PRESS - pressing down on a bite will help distract from the itching. But don’t press too hard, since breaking the skin could lead to infection.
- BASIL - rubbing a basil leaf on a mosquito bite will stop the itching because, basil has anti-inflammatory properties, which could help the swelling.
- ASPIRIN PASTE - use crushed aspirin mixed with water to make a paste. It takes the sting right away because, aspirin contains acetyl salicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory.
- MOUTHWASH - it has menthol, which can cool the skin and help relieve the itch.