It is mosquito season now, and while we can hope that bug sprays will always do their job, sometimes those nasty little pests still bite us.
One of the most annoying feelings is when a mosquito bites you. You can’t stop scratching no matter how hard you try, and as soon as you begin, it gets ten times worse.
There are a few things you can do to stop the itching. It’s a good thing that you already have these simple things around the house, so if you get a mosquito bite out of nowhere, it won’t be the end of the world.
1. Hot Spoon Trick
Put a teaspoon under warm water to warm it up, and then place it on the bite. The warming sensation will break down the protein injected with the bite, thus treating the itching.
2. Cold Tea Bag
As tea bags are great for drawing toxins out of the body, placing a used tea bag against a bug bite will help draw out all the itch.
3. Baking Soda
Apply a paste of baking soda and water directly to the mosquito bite. By balancing the pH levels of the skin, you can neutralize the itching.
4. Scotch Tape
Cover up the bite as soon as possible with a piece of scotch tape, or a band-aid, and the loss of oxygen will stop the itching. However, do not leave it on the skin for more than a day, as the skin needs to breathe.
Honey is an antiseptic and reduces inflammation. By doing so, you’ll prevent the bite from getting infected, but you’ll also help it heal quickly. Just make sure you wash it off before going outside. If you have that on your skin outside, you’ll attract more mosquitoes.
6. Oatmeal Bath
Enjoy a soothing bath with a bit of oatmeal. Add some honey for even better results.
7. Aloe Vera
When it comes to treating sunburns, we all know and love cooling gel, but it’s also effective for treating bug bites.
Having anti-inflammatory properties will soothe any infection and make it stop itching right away.
9. Basil Rub
Boil 2 cups of water with 1/2 ounce of dried basil leaves. Once the rub has cooled, soak a washcloth in it and apply it to the bites. You can also rub fresh basil leaves on the bites.
Ice is a quick fix that is easily accessible to everyone. Applying ice to the area will stop the itching and swelling by reducing blood flow.