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How to Get Rid of a Mosquito Bite

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Do you classify yourself as an outdoor person but tend to avoid going outside because of the nuisances that are flying around, waiting to suck on your blood?

Although, mosquito bites are usually harmless, they can be so annoying. They are itchy and the more you itch them, the worse it gets. Their bites can cause irritation and redness. For those who are bitten by mosquitoes often know that where there is one mosquito bite there will be more. This how-to guide will walk you through the steps you need to do in order to make this annoying bite go away!

The Bite – A Brief Overview of the Bite

Contrary to what most of us think, not all mosquitoes bite. Only female mosquitoes  have long, needle like mouthparts, which pierce through your skin, allowing them to feed on your blood. The protein that is present in the saliva is what people are allergic to. It activates the human immune system forming a red bump on the skin that is accompanied by the itch of a mosquito bite.

Fun Fact: Mosquitoes choose humans who have a scent of carbon dioxide or other chemicals present in sweat. Within a few seconds, you will begin to notice puffiness in the form of a circle (mostly) on your skin. Sometimes there is a small dot in the middle of the bite, and depending on the amount of blood they have sucked, there will be swelling as well. People that have weaker immune systems may experience some serious reactions.

7 Proven Methods to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites

  1. Oatmeal

Your favorite breakfast is one of the best remedies to get rid of these uncomfortable bites. There are special compounds that have anti-irritant qualities and therefore, they help relieve itching and swelling.

What you need to do is make an oatmeal paste. Take a little water and oatmeal and mix it until it reaches a paste consistency. Spoon the paste onto a cloth and put the paste side down on the bite. You will need to hold it in place for 10 minutes and then wipe the area. If you have more than one bite, you can take an oatmeal bath. Sprinkle one cup of oatmeal in a bathtub full of warm water and let it soak. Pick up clumps of oatmeal occasionally and rub it on the irritated areas.

  1. Crushed Ice

Inflammation and redness are reduced with cold temperatures and ice. The cold can numb your skin as well give you immediate relief. You can use a cold ice bag on your skin for as long as you want, but do not put the ice on your skin directly as it can damage the skin.

  1. Honey

This sweet and sticky substance is a popular home remedy for mosquito bites as it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient has been used for hundreds of years to treat sore throats, bumps, and bruises.

Put a small drop of honey on the itchy bite so it can reduce the inflammation. Be careful, not scratch the itch with the honey on because it can turn into a sticky mess.

  1. Aloe Vera

This common houseplant has uses beyond just adding beauty in your house. The aloe vera gel is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can potentially heal wounds and calm infections. To use this method, you will need to cut a small section of the plant open and apply the gel directly on the bite. Once it has dried up, you can reapply it as many times as needed.

  1. Vinegar

For a couple hundred years, apple cider vinegar has been used as the ultimate natural remedy to treat any medical infection. Whether a person was suffering from an infection or was having blood glucose problems, this was considered the go-to remedy.

Take a cotton ball and dab some vinegar (white or apple cider) on it. Place the cotton ball on the bite and let it do its magic. This is a natural disinfectant. If you need more relief, you can dilute vinegar with cold water and apply it on the bite. Make sure the water is cold because hot water can cause it to itch more.

  1. Cucumber

This is like icing the bite. The only difference is that you will be using a cucumber. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the itching.

Take a cucumber and cut it into slices. Place the slices into the refrigerator so they can get nice and cold. When the itching begins, you can place the cold cucumber directly on the bite until the itching stops. You can place the cucumber directly on your skin, as it does not have the tendency to damage your skin.

  1. Peppermint Toothpaste

This method is effective for immediate relief. You can apply some organic peppermint toothpaste to areas that have been affected. The menthol that is present in the peppermint will give you a cooling sensation. Just apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the bite.

Prevention

Mosquitoes are one of those few pests that are found everywhere. You need to take preventive measures to stay safe and bite-free. Use a mosquito repellant all the time to keep these small flying nuisances away from you!  You can use mosquito repellent granules around your backyard to help keep them out of the area.  Use a fogger or misting system, even a good perimeter spray would keep mosquito populations down for a couple of days if not weeks.

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