How to Treat Your Mosquito Bites
Don’t panic if you get bit by a mosquito. Most mosquito bites will heal quickly and easily with simple treatment. Here’s how to take care of your mosquito bites:
- Carefully and thoroughly wash bites with warm soapy water.
- Apply an ice pack for ten-minute intervals as needed to alleviate itchiness and inflammation.
- Anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can help if itching persists.
- Do everything you can to resist the urge to scratch it! Scratching will make it worse and slow the healing process.
Tips to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching
Mosquito bite symptoms can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to appear. At first, the bite will look like a raised white welt but will reduce to a red bump in a day or so. It will likely feel very itchy.
To reduce the itching sensation, try ice packs and over-the-counter creams. Anti-inflammatories and antihistamines may also help with moderate itching symptoms. Most importantly, resist the temptation to scratch at the bites. It might feel good, but it will lengthen and worsen your symptoms.
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Mosquito Bite Home Remedies
There are a few all-natural home remedies that can help provide immediate relief of mild mosquito bite symptoms. If your symptoms are long-lasting or more severe, please contact a medical professional. A few of the most popular home remedies to cure mosquito bites are:
- Baking soda & water: Mix a paste using 1 tablespoon baking soda and water. Apply it to the mosquito bite, let sit for ten minutes, and wash away
- Oatmeal: An oatmeal paste created using equal amounts of oatmeal and water can be applied to the skin with a washcloth. You can also try an oatmeal bath by sprinkling a cup of ground oats into a warm-water bath
- Honey: Used for many at-home treatments, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A small drop on a mosquito bite can reduce inflammation and reduce the desire to scratch
- Aloe vera: Not just used for sunburns, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to soothe the symptoms associated with mosquito bites
Should I go to the doctor for mosquito bites?
Mosquito bites almost always heal on their own in just a day or two.
But if you start to come down with more severe symptoms like a fever, body aches, nausea, or an allergic reaction, it’s time to visit your medical professional.