A mosquito with the help of its thin, sharp and elongated mouthpart punctures the skin of the host in order to suck up blood for feeding. Because of its structure, mosquito bites are not noticed instantly by the host and only with time one gets to realize that he or she has been bitten. Some of the symptoms of mosquito bites are itchiness, swelling, skin rashes, bruises and at times skin infection. Mosquito bites can also lead to fatal disease like malaria and dengue.
Mosquito bites can be annoying and irritating, hence you need to look for effective practices and techniques to avoid them. But in case you suffer from mosquito bites, there are many natural remedies that you can try at home.
Here are top 10 home remedies for Mosquito Bites.
(First 3 Home Remedies are shown in this video as well)
Lemon can also be used to deal with mosquito bites due to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-itch substances. Simply cut a lemon into two pieces and rub the soft side of the slice against your itchy skin in order to get quick relief. You can rub the yellow rind of lemon too. If you wish you can also use lemon juice to reduce the chances of getting an infection. Another option is to add crushed basil leaves in lemon juice and then apply this mixture over the affected skin area.
Minced Onion or Garlic
Onion and garlic help reduce swelling and soothe the itching caused by mosquito bites. Take minced onion or garlic and apply it directly on the affected skin area. Leave for a few minutes and then wash it off. Soon you will get relief from the itching sensation, inflammation and pain. Moreover, their strong smell repels insects and mosquitoes.
Another easily available ingredient to deal with mosquito bites is baking soda. To treat itchy skin caused due to mosquito bite dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water and mix it properly to make a paste. Now take a clean cloth and dip it into the mixture and place the cloth onto the affected skin area for ten to twenty minutes. This remedy will give you the much needed relief from the itchiness. Another option is to make a paste out of witch hazel and baking soda and then apply it on a bite and leave for about ten minutes. Finally wash the area with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic agent which makes it a great remedy for mosquito bites. Take fresh aloe vera leaf and cut the meaty portion to take out the juice. Keep the juice in the refrigerator for ten to fifteen minutes. Now rub this chilled fresh aloe vera juice directly onto the affected site to reduce the pain, swelling and itching. It will also fasten up the healing process. In case if fresh aloe vera plant is not available, then you can use aloe vera gel available at departmental stores.
Cold temperatures limit the distribution of anti-inflammatory substances to the bite site and numb the area giving you immediate relief from various mosquito bite symptoms. After a mosquito bites you, hold an ice pack, or some ice wrapped in a washcloth on to the affected area for about ten to twenty minutes. This will give you quick relief from the swelling as well as itchiness. In case there is no ice available at the moment, then cold water can also be used. Hold the affected area under a cool running tap for a few minutes and soon you will get some relief. You can also hold a cold bottle of water or a bag of frozen vegetables on the bite to soothe and relieve the itching and the swelling.
Alcohol is a common household antiseptic that can be used in relieving the irritation caused due to mosquito bites. Take little amount of alcohol and rub it onto the affected skin area with the help of a cotton ball. Initially it may sting a little bit but soon you will get relief from the itching and swelling. At the same time it will also disinfect the bite, thus reducing the chance of getting an infection. Along with alcohol you can also use mouthwash or vodka that contains a high amount of alcohol.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has for good antiseptic properties which can be used for treating bacteria-infected wounds like acne and even mosquito bites. Take some tea tree oil and apply it to the affected area with the help of a cotton ball in order to get immediate relief from itching. Tea tree oil will also help in reducing the bump and swelling. Those having sensitive skin must not use tea tree oil as it can cause skin irritation. Along with tea tree oil, there are some other essential oils also like lavender oil and cedar oil that you can try.
Mosquito bite can cause itchiness and you can easily get relief from it with the use of toothpaste. Simply dab some toothpaste onto the affected area with the help of a cotton swab. Soon the itching will stop. For faster and better results, it is recommended to use peppermint toothpaste as it has got anti-inflammatory properties, and ingredients such as baking soda and menthol. It is advisable not to use gel based toothpaste.
Salt is another easy remedy for mosquito bites. Create a paste using a few drops of water and small amount of table salt. Now clean the affected area with water and then apply this paste over the area. Soon you will get relief from itchiness and swelling. Another option is to make a paste using garlic salt, seasoning salt and water in equal amounts. Apply this paste onto the affected area. Initially it will cause a burning sensation for a few seconds and then there will be great relief. In case you live near a beach, then go for swimming so that your skin gets benefitted from the natural salt present in the water.
You can easily control the inflammation caused by mosquito bites with the help of aspirin. Here you do not need to pop the pills. Instead take any regular aspirin and grind them up into a powder form. Now add a few drops of water into the powdered aspirin to make a paste. Clean the affected area and then apply this paste. Leave for a few hours and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Another option is to wet the affected skin first and then rub an aspirin over the spot. Soon you will get relief from the itching and redness.
To conclude, whenever you suffer from the symptoms of mosquito bites, try any of the above mentioned remedies to get instant relief. However, if you do not get any relief, consult your doctor to obtain the most effective treatment regimen for you.