There really isn’t anyone on the planet who escapes the bite of a mosquito. Most people don’t have any reaction to it
except for a mild irritation that lasts for a while. However, when the mosquitoes that bite are of a large number or of a kind that harms our skin deeply, the body will need our help with the healing of the skin – and we can do this through home remedies or through other skin care products such as anti-mosquito ointments.
Mosquito bites seem to have a more prominent effect on babies and the younger lot. And sometimes using chemicals on their skin may not always be the best solution. Safe nature-based home remedies are always the wiser choice. The maximum that mosquito bites can last is for a few hours or a day. To hasten the healing process, we have a few easy-to-use home remedies for mosquito bites that have had good testimonies from people all over the world. Here are a few such remedies listed for you to try out.
What happens when a mosquito bites?
When a mosquito bites, we know that it aches, itches and sometimes turns red. But why does all of this happen? Here’s a step by step demonstration of what usually happens when mosquitoes bite.
- A mosquito pierces into the skin and releases its saliva that breaks the walls of the blood vessels.
- When the blood reaches the stylet (the needle on its forehead), it sucks it into itself.
- The body reacts to the saliva of the mosquito with its immune system and the lymphocytes released cause swelling, pain, itching in a bid to attack the foreign substance that has entered the body.
- The effect fades away after a while when the saliva gets thin and dissolves in the blood.
While it’s this simple for a normal reaction, there are some sensitive people who have a more serious reaction mosquito bites. Some mosquitoes also tend to be more harmful than the others. In such cases we may need medication along with home remedies to cope with all the symptoms that pop up because of body’s immune system reactions.
10 Natural and simple remedies for mosquito bites
Right after a mosquito bites, using simple remedies can help keep it from becoming a more serious and a much bigger problem. The range of such nature-based and simple remedies goes from a simple compress to medicated plant extracts that curb the inflammatory reaction of the skin. Some of the most tried and tested ones are here for you to try out the next time you have a highly annoying mosquito bite on your skin.
Cold compress for mosquito bites
Most of the time, a cold compress is a simple and easy solution for healing the pain and inflammation that is caused due to mosquito bites. The temperature change makes the pain numb away and helps in healing the inflammation much faster, while also soothing the skin.
A cold compress can easily be made at home with some ice cubes. When the reaction to a mosquito bite is not too complicated, it can be healed with a cold compress as we press on the area of the skin for a while. Here’s how you make a cold compress at home.
- Take a clean cloth.
- Wrap it around some ice cubes.
- Press the cloth against the skin where the mosquito bite exists gently for a while, until you get relief from all the irritation and any possible redness and swelling.
Aloe vera for mosquito bites
Since mosquito bites often times don’t really leave too much of damage until your skin is hyper-sensitive, using Aloe vera can be a good choice of treatment. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the pain and the inflammation that is caused by the skin’s reaction to the bite. Along with that, the ant septic nature of it makes sure that there is no infection.
Since it is a gel, Aloe vera can be really soothing to the skin which is painful and itchy due to the mosquito bite. Here’s a simple method in which you can use the Aloe gel for your mosquito bite.
- Take some Aloe vera gel of a pure quality.
- Apply it over the area where the insect has bitten and the skin around it with your index finger.
- Rub it gently for a while and leave it on.
- After about 20 minutes, wash it off.
Baking soda for mosquito bites
Baking soda is yet another safe home remedy for mosquito bite that can be quite effective in healing mosquito bites instantly. The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving action of baking soda can be of goof help in reducing all the swelling and irritation that is caused by the mosquito bite.
In addition, it also exfoliates and cleanses the skin in the area of the bite. We use rose water in this case for use on the mosquito-bitten skin so that it can give its soothing effect to the skin. Here’s how you use them together.
- Take some baking soda and make a paste out of it using rose water.
- After a fine, consistent, lump-free paste is formed, apply it on the area where the mosquito has bitten.
- Use your index finger to rub this paste and do it very gently.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes and wipe and wash it off.
Basil for mosquito bites
Basil is one of those kitchen herbs that can be of great use in healing insect bites, mosquito bite included. It can reduce the inflammatory reaction of the skin and thereby give us great relief from the itching and the irritation. The astringency of Basil also helps in keeping the skin free of infections.
Basil is easy to use and free of side-effects most of the time. We can use the leaves directly or the essential oil. Since the essential oil is a more concentrated version of the essence of Basil leaves, it has more immediate effect on the skin. Here’s how you use Basil for mosquito bites.
Using Basil leaves:
- Take a few Basil leaves and clean them.
- Make a paste out of these Basil leaves by grinding them with water.
- Once the paste is fine, apply it over the area of your skin where the mosquito has bitten.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes before you wipe it off.
Using Basil essential oil:
- Take a few drops of Basil essential oil onto a cotton pad.
- Rub it gently over the mosquito-bitten area of your skin.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes or over night before you wipe or wash it off your skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar for mosquito bites
Apple cider vinegar, the home remedy for nearly everything and a great cooking aide, it turns out, can also be great for skin problems that arise when insects and mosquitoes bite it. It can calm the inflammation and the irritation that the mosquito saliva causes on our skin by calming the reaction of the immune system.
In addition, it makes sure that there is no infection in the area of the mosquito bite and keeps the area clean. Since Apple cider vinegar can be strong for some skin types, we use it in a diluted form. Here’s how that is done.
- Take some Apple cider vinegar (a half glass full) and add the same amount of water to it (so that it is now 50%).
- After you make sure that the mixture of these two is consistent, we use it by dipping a cotton in the liquid and applying on the area of the skin where mosquito bite exists.
- Leave it on for a while (for upto 20 minutes) and wash it off.
Garlic, one of the most useful and flavor-full kitchen spices, is also a great cure for many skin problems including the reactions that appear on skin when insects such as mosquitoes bite it. One of the main reasons it works is because of its anti-inflammatory nature. It makes sure that the pain and the inflammation go away.
Garlic’s astringency also works in keeping the skin infection-free when a mosquito bites. Using garlic can be quite simple too and here’s two ways in which in can be used for mosquito bites.
Using a garlic clove :
- Take a fresh garlic clove and peel off the skin.
- Cut it into two halves.
- Rub the juicy half on the skin where the mosquito bite has produced a reaction slowly for a few minutes.
- Leave the juice on the skin for about half an hour before you wash your skin off.
Using Garlic essential oil:
- We get Garlic essential oil in many herbal stores lately and this is a better healing agent because of the concentrated garlic extract that it has got.
- Once you get hold of this pure extract, take a few drops of it onto a cotton ball and rub it gently against the area of the skin where the mosquito has bitten.
- Continue rubbing gently for a while.
- Leave it on the skin post that for about half an hour or overnight.
- Wash or wipe your skin clean once you are done.
Chamomile for mosquito bites
Chamomile is widely known for its calming and soothing properties. When people have a sensitive skin and the mosquito bites leave a big reaction like a lot of swelling and redness, we can then use the chamomile tea bags on our skin for calming the immune system of all that reaction. It can also relive the pain and the itching by a great deal.
Since Chamomile teas bags are available everywhere, using them directly can be of great use in healing the skin of mosquito bites. In case the Chamomile tea bags aren’t available, we show you how to heal mosquito bites with the herb directly.
Using Chamomile tea bags for mosquito bites:
- Wet the tea bag slightly before you use and place it over the reacted area of your skin.
- Leave it on for about 15 minutes before you remove it off and wash your skin clean.
Using Chamomile herb for mosquito bites :
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add some Chamomile herb to it and continue with the boiling.
- After the water changes colour, strain it out and cool this extract.
- Apply this cooled solution over the area where you have the mosquito bite reaction.
Tea tree oil for mosquito bites
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that works great in healing most insect bites, mosquito bites included. It can be of use mainly because of its anti-inflammatory properties which makes it heal the pain, irritation and the inflammation of the skin. In addition, the astringency of it also makes it fight out any infection that could be caused or spread in the area of the bite.
Although tea tree oil is strong, we use it directly here so that most of its action can be shown on the mosquito bite. Most of the time it does not cause any irritation but in case it does, you should stop using it and go for the diluted version of it instead.
- Take some tea tree oil onto a cotton ball.
- Apply it gently over the effected skin.
- Massage it for a while and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash or wipe it off the skin once you are done.
Lavender oil for mosquito bites
Although Lavender essential oil is one of the milder essential oils, it can be of great use on healing mosquito bites et al. This is because of the powerful anti-inflammatory action that it has got. It can be greatly soothing to the painful and irritated skin which is left behind from the mosquito bites.
Along with that, Lavender oil can also be an antiseptic that prevents the mosquito bite from causing and spreading infections into the body. In addition, it leaves behind a beautiful scent as well! Here’s how you can use this Lavender essential oil for your skin.
- Take some Lavender essential oil onto a cotton ball.
- Rub this against the skin where the mosquito has bitten.
- Massage it gently for a while and leave it on for 20 minutes (or overnight).
- Wipe and wash it off once you are done.
Honey for mosquito bites
The amazing anti-inflammatory nature of honey makes it one of the best home remedies for allergic skin reactions such as mosquito bites. It can also leave your skin smooth and blemish free after the bite.
Using honey for your skin can be pretty easy too what with its easy availability and easy methods of ude. Here’s how that is done.
- Take some honey and apply it over the area of the mosquito bite with your fingers.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes before you wash it off.
- Make sure you wash it off completely as honey tends to get sticky after leaving it on for so long.
Most of these remedies are safe for use and do not cause any known adverse reactions. However, if you notice an increase in the irritation on your skin or an increase in the pain due to your skin’s reaction, we would advise you to stop using it immediately and reaching out to a physician or a dermatology expert so that you can be sure before you continue using these remedies.
Additional tips in handling mosquito bites:
- Don’t scratch your mosquito-bitten skin away too much. It might bring temporary relief but in the long term it is actually quite harmful causing an increase in the inflammation and sometimes lead to bleeding.
- Don’t bind it completely with a cloth or a bandage as the mosquito bite needs to be open to heal quicker. Binding it can only lead to an increase in the irritation.
- When a mosquito bites you, the first thing you do is wash the bite so that a preliminary cleansing of sorts is done and it is less likely for infections to be caused when you do so.
- Avoiding mosquito bites is a lot better easier than preventing them. If you think that it is likely that mosquitoes could bite you when you are visiting a certain place, you should use protection such as ointments, nets and sprays to see to it that they don’t bite you too much.
Mosquito bites aren’t really a reason to panic, as we know of it. All it takes is some quick action in easing out the pain and the inflammation. Let us and our readers know if any of these remedies have been of help for you and let us know of your experiences with healing mosquito bites.
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