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How to Get Rid Of a Bug Bite

Itching, scratching, blood oozing, puss, (numb fingers - we could go on and on about the many ways bug bites can make our life miserable. It’s like this – you are perfectly cozy sleeping in your bed, dreaming about eating a chocolate lava cake without getting fat (don’t we all dream about that?) and suddenly you feel this sharp sting in your leg. You jackknife into a sitting position, yank the blanket off your feet and there it is, some kind of a tiny sucker attached to your leg and sucking the life and your much needed sleep out of you. At this point, all you want to do is murder that little bug, even if it gets bloody.

Worry not because even flicking it will probably kill it, they are that weak! Before you bring out the bug repellant spray, the first order of business is to take care of the bite. Some bug bites can be deadly and some can be dangerous enough that they suck the energy out of you slowly, until you are nothing but a husk of your former self. Though a bit dramatic, these bites can take paranoia to a whole new level. Let’s talk about bug bites a little first:

About Bug Bites

Bug bites encompass all bugs from mosquitoes to bedbugs, spiders, fleas, scabies, ticks, ants, chiggers, lice, etc. While the bites are not that big of a deal since most of these bugs are harmless, the parasites, viruses and bacteria that pass through these bites are what’s dangerous. In few cases, bites from spiders such as the brown recluse and brown widow can be fatal. Bug bite symptoms include:

  • Itching

  • Mild burning

  • Redness

  • Pain or minor swelling

  • Raised fleshed-toned lines

To prevent the redness from spreading further, you need to localize the bite, so that it does not start taking a turn for the worse.

Helpful TipNo matter what kind of bug bite you have got, instead of going straight to scratching (which is hard to resist), sit still for a minute. This will stop the swelling and prevent the venom from spreading further.

Remedies to Get Rid of Bug Bites

  1. Calamine Lotion

One of the best medicinal ointments for treating bug bites is calamine lotion. It’s an anti-itching lotion that contains zinc oxide and calcium. While it’s not known how these two chemicals help with the healing, but its astringent and skin protecting properties do help relieve itching. The lotion also prevents infections and slows down bacterial growth.

  1. Ice

Don’t have calamine lotion in the house right now? Your next best option is ice. Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth and press it for a few seconds on the bite. The cold decreases the histamine release in the body by compressing the blood vessels. This allows you a respite from itching and also stops swelling.

  1. Toothpaste

Toothpastes with peppermint or mint flavor give a cooling sensation. The methanol ingredient in it heals the bite much faster and stops the itching in just a few seconds. Its intrinsic astringent properties help reduce swelling, which makes it quite good for any kind of bug bite.

  1. Honey

According to dermatologists, honey has an anti-inflammatory property that soothes a bite or a burn immediately. However, the honey should be pure, without any additives. Though it does not take away the itch completely, it does lessen the temptation.

  1. Lime or Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is used in a number of health and beauty products. These fruit pack a power punch when it comes to healing bug bites. Its antibacterial property stops itching and provides relief. However, don’t go out of the house once you have applied lemon juice on the bite as it can burn the skin in the sun.

  1. Milk and Water

Milk has a soothing effect on dry and itchy skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In a bowl, mix water and milk in equal parts. Dip a cloth in it and gently dab on the skin. Do not rub it in or you will aggravate the bite further.

  1. Basil

Every household has this ingredient in its pantry. Basil offers a number of benefits for the body. These leaves contain chemicals such camphor, which gives a cool feeling like toothpaste. The cooling effect of basil is similar to menthol, which makes it great for relieving itchiness. Crush few leaves in a bowl, turning it into a thick paste. Gently apply this paste on the bite, in a circular motion

  1. Vinegar

This is a bit of a lengthy process and is mostly used when you have got a couple of bites anywhere on your body. Fill a bathtub with water and add three cups of vinegar in it. Soak in the bathtub for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. The acidic level of the vinegar stops the venom from spreading and blocks the itching.

  1. Tea Bags

Done with your tea? Take out the tea bag and let it cool. Place the tea bag on the bite and leave it there for 10 minutes. The dry tea bag draws out poison from the bite and reduces swelling and itching.

  1. Essential Oils

Coconut, lavender and tea tree oils have a number of properties that alleviate swelling, itching and pain. The tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and prevents infection when your hands can’t stop scratching the bite. Instead of buying general store oils, go to a pharmacy and get ones created specifically for this purpose. Dilute the oil with a little water and then gently rub it on the bite.

Most of the ingredients mentioned for the remedies above are available in 99% of the households. You can now spend your summer tanning in the sun, without worrying about those irritating bug bites. You don’t need to visit a dermatologist or go out and buy expensive lotions any more, as these ingredients will take care of the bite within a few seconds to minutes.


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