10 Home Remedies To Get Relief From Mosquito Bites
By: Kratika Wed, 07 Apr 2021 2:35 PM
Various remedies can be used to relieve the inflammation and itching associated with mosquito bites.The itching from mosquito bite is annoying enough but the concern is about much more serious conditions that can occur from various kinds of mosquitoes when they bite. Apart from relying on chemical products, there are some effective homes remedies which help in curing the bite.
# Apply essential oils
Herbs and essential oils can help subside the itching to some extent, depending on the person and species of mosquito.
- Lemon, citronella, and eucalyptus essential oils are registered and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as topical mosquito repellents for human use.
- A study showed that clove essential oil mixed with coconut oil or olive oil has repellent activity against Aedes aegypti mosquito for up to 96 and 76.5 minutes, respectively.
- Lavender essential oil exhibits anti-inflammatory effects that can help improve mosquito bites.
How to use: Dip a cotton ball in the essential oil and dab on the affected area
# Use ice packs
The use of ice packs numbs the skin, giving temporary relief from inflammation and irritation. However, avoid applying ice directly to the skin for more than 5 minutes to prevent damage.
# Try hot spoon remedy
Anecdotally observed, applying a mildly hot spoon on the mosquito bite is seen to help subside the itching for some time. However, ensure that the spoon is not too hot as to cause a burn.
How to use: Dip the spoon in hot water for a few seconds and gently place it on the bite.
# Apply witch hazel
Witch hazel possesses antibacterial and astringent properties and its topical application can subside the inflammation. Moreover, it can have a soothing effect on the burning or irritating sensation and also aids in healing.
How to use: Pour a few drops of witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab or swipe over the bite.
# Try coconut oil
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory effects and also enhances the skin barrier which protects the skin from UV radiations.
How to use: Apply a small amount of coconut oil over the affected area with the help of a cotton ball.
# Try applying garlic
While the oral use of garlic is known to help boost the immune system and improve cutaneous circulation, it has also been used in dermatology for long. The topical application can help subside the inflammation.
How to use: Peel and cut a few cloves of garlic and apply on the affected area.
# Apply honey
Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help improve the symptoms of mosquito bites.
How to use: Apply a drop of honey over the itchy mosquito bite.
# Use aloe vera gel
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of aloe vera gel can help subside the pain, inflammation, and itching associated with mosquito bites.
How to use: Apply aloe vera gel on the affected area gently.
# Use baking soda
Mix baking soda in a bit of water to form a paste and apply on the bite. Discontinue use if you experience any irritation.