How to soothe mosquito bites and stop the itching that bothers us? Can we prevent it and are there effective home remedies that work immediately?
In the summer, our outings in nature, evenings out and work in the vegetable garden are accompanied by biting intruders that most of us underestimate and classify as just unpleasant and not dangerous. Why do we tolerate the chirping of the cicada, but hate the high-pitched whirring of mosquitoes, and is it only a matter of disgust or fear of contamination? Itching is the least of our problems after an “encounter” with an insect. There are people who react badly to it and others who do not pay attention to it. How to soothe mosquito bites and is there an effective home remedy? In this article you will find a short guide to self-relief.
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How to Soothe Mosquito Bites? Is It Necessary?
The fact that mosquitoes are disease carriers is well known. They attack exposed parts of the body, and the more the temperatures force us to remove clothing, we become easily accessible and vulnerable. How to make them flee in prevention? Using repellents to protect yourself is the first solution. Humans and animals are the source of blood that insects need to produce their eggs. It is their saliva that remains after the bite and the immune system reacts by triggering inflammation in the affected area in the form of redness. The second sign one feels is the itching which can become unbearable at times. Is it necessary to soothe mosquito bites to avoid the feeling of unease and discomfort?
What Is the Fastest Way to Heal Mosquito Bites?
After waking up in the morning to find a small red bump that’s starting to itch, you’re horrified – first, because it is visible and ugly and secondly, because the area is irritated and the itching is very annoying. How to soothe mosquito bites? An intruder has crept into the room despite the mosquito net. What attracts insects indoors are odors and light, humidity and certain bright colors. Well, the damage is done! What can we do right away to relieve the itching? The body’s response is due to histamine. This chemical is released to cause itching. So some antihistamines in the form of pills or topical creams could be an effective treatment. Home remedies include applying ice, honey, or aloe vera to reduce irritation.
Applying an ice pack to the area as soon as possible after a bite will reduce inflammation, itching, and discomfort. Avoid putting ice directly on the skin, wrap it in a cloth or towel first.
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How to Stop Mosquito Bite Itching?
Your personal medicine cabinet should be “stocked” with first-aid remedies such as hydrocortisone cream and aloe vera gel. The first is a topical medication that can reduce inflammation and itching. It is available over-the-counter and by prescription, but you may not be able to tolerate it. Children, pregnant women, or people with skin infections should not use hydrocortisone cream.
As for aloe vera, there is evidence that the gel can treat skin conditions, including psoriasis. It has a wide range of potential uses and people commonly apply it to the skin to relieve burns, frostbite, and cold sores. The anti-inflammatory and healing effect of aloe vera is highly researched and for this reason it’s a good idea to have it at hand.
Anyone who has basil in a pot or in the garden will advise you to rub the itchy area with leaves of the plant. This is because the smell of the herb acts as a repellent. Basil is also said to relieve swelling.
What’s the Best Grandma’s Remedy for Mosquito Bites?
When I found honey on the list of remedies to soothe mosquito bites, I asked myself, “Why?”. I’d used it to apply compresses when coughing, to gargle in combination with baking soda and to clear canker sores. So, what is the effect of honey against itching? There are testimonials that affirm the beneficial role of honey as a natural anti-inflammatory that can relieve the affected area. Lavender honey is the best as it cools the skin.
It won’t hurt to try a paste with crushed aspirin and water. The effect is temporary. Is it the same with toothpaste and Listerine water which contains menthol? Yes, it cools and soothes.
Be aware that some breeds of mosquitoes prefer dawn and dusk, while others like the hottest hours of the day. Avoid standing water, where mosquitoes breed and swarm, cover up and wear long sleeves and light colored pants when near an infested area. If you can, try to sleep in an air-conditioned place (as opposed to an outdoor bedroom) or consider using mosquito nets around the beds.
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