Soothing Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

These home remedies for mosquito bites are easy to prepare and inexpensive to use. Because mosquito bites are so itchy and irritating, it's common for people to scratch them until they bleed, which puts them at risk of secondary infections and causing them unsightly scars. Instead of dealing with scars all summer long, try attending to those mosquito bites with these home remedies.

First of all, you'll want to know what battle you're fighting. Mosquitoes bite you because they want to drink your blood, and when they bite you they inject a tiny bit of their saliva into your skin at the point of puncture to numb you and to facilitate their extraction of your precious blood. This saliva causes a reaction in your skin, prompting your body to produce histamines, which result in the itching and swelling we dislike so much.

When you're fighting the mosquito bite battle, you're fighting a histamine reaction in the skin and the secondary response of your body to the proteins in the mosquito saliva. The purpose of these home remedies for mosquito bites is to either soothe the irritated skin, extract the mosquito saliva, or reduce swelling and inflammation of the bite site. Speed is of the essence when dealing with mosquito bites; the sooner you try these remedies, the more relief you'll experience.

Natural Cures
As soon as you notice a mosquito bite, wash the area under either very hot or very cold water. Then follow with a swab of fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice or a paste of baking soda and water. Wrap ice in a cloth and use it to numb the area. Remember to give your skin a break every 20 minutes or so from any of these above-mentioned treatments; you don't want to damage your skin from burning, icing or irritation due to a paste or juice treatment in your efforts to deal with the itching.

Household Remedies
Again, the moment you notice a mosquito bite, swab the bite with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or cover it with a paste made from crushed aspirin and water.

Over-the-Counter Drugs
Keep these over-the-counter drugs in your medicine cabinet for a quick relief of mosquito bites: Benadryl, triple antibiotic ointment, and hydrocortisone cream.

The best cure is prevention; use mosquito repellant, wear protective clothing, and stay indoors when mosquitoes are thick. If any serious complications occur, such as fever, confusion or seizure, see a doctor. Transmission of serious diseases via mosquito bite is possible, although not common in the United States.

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