Mosquito bites are unavoidable especially during the summer and if you live in tropical places where the weather is hot and humid. You are almost always bound to get bitten by mosquitoes in these conditions.
Individuals have different types of reactions when it comes to mosquito bites.
Some children who have never been bitten by mosquitoes don’t feel anything at all while there are those that have been bitten so many times before that they have been immune to mosquito bites and they don’t feel mosquito bites anymore. Their body simply does not react to mosquito bites. The most common type of reaction is an itchy pink and sometimes swelling bump on the skin. Most people get this type of reaction to mosquito bites. There are others on the other hand who only feel the mosquito bites after a couple of hours or days that they have been bitten.
The itching of mosquito bites is normal but the swelling and the pain felt afterward is not felt by everyone. Mosquito bites are unavoidable but the swelling that it may cause can be avoided or reduced.
Here are some tips on how to reduce or avoid the swelling and get rid of the mosquito bites the soonest possible time:
1.Wash the mosquito bite with soap, water, and rubbing alcohol
Wash the part that was bitten by the mosquito with water and soap. Put a small amount of rubbing alcohol afterward and let them dry to let the itch be gone. Rubbing alcohol has a cooling effect once it dries which can relieve the swelling and the itching. Just avoid using too much alcohol to avoid irritation of the skin.
2.Avoid scratching the mosquito bite
The more you scratch the mosquito bite, the more the bump becomes more swollen, red, and itchy. Scratching the bite may also lead to infection as contaminants may enter through the open wound.
3.Rub underarm deodorant on the mosquito bite
Deodorant contains aluminum chloride. This ingredient is effective and efficient in stopping the swelling and pain caused by mosquito bites.
4.Soak the mosquito bite in Epsom salts and water
Epsom salts contain sulfate and magnesium which provide a remedy for many ailments and medical conditions aside from relaxing the mind. Magnesium raises the serotonin levels in the brain and helps regulate the activity of many enzymes.
Make a thin paste by mixing Epsom salt with just enough amount of water. Dab the paste on the mosquito bite. Get a very hot washcloth and cover the wound tightly for about 10 minutes.
Another option is to do an Epsom salt bath. Do this by filling the bathtub with Epsom salts based on the instructions on the package. Soak for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
5.Use a cold tea bag
This natural remedy is done on bee stings but it also works on mosquito bites. White tea contains ingredients that help reduce inflammation. Putting a tea bag on top of the bite helps reduce the inflammation and its coolness soothes the itch on the bite.
Both chamomile tea and white tea are great topical treatments for a lot of skin problems. Tea has polyphenolic, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties and ingredients such as quercetin, apigenin, and luteolin, which makes it a perfect and quick remedy for mosquito bites.
Black and green tea have anti-swelling effects. Tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that help with the swelling.
6.Take natural or over-the-counter antihistamines
Antihistamines fight off the body’s allergic reaction to foreign matter by lowering the histamine count in the body while reducing the inflammation. Antihistamines are usually available over the counter but it is advisable to seek a doctor’s advice or prescription before doing so. Antihistamines help with the itching and swelling. Antihistamines can be taken orally just like Claritin or Benadryl or applied topically on the affected area such as calamine lotion.
Here are some of the natural antihistamines:
- Basil can work as a natural antihistamine. Heat a couple of basil leaves under a steam and gently apply to the bump.
- Coltsfoot is known in Europe as a natural remedy to treat skin conditions. The leaves of this plant can be turned into a paste by grinding it. A coltsfoot extract can also be taken as a pill.
Stinging nettle is recommended by some doctors as a natural antihistamine. It is recommended to take a freeze-dried preparation of stinging nettle because of its ability to reduce the amount of histamine that the body creates.
7.Use an ice pack and put on top of the mosquito bite
You can either use an ice pack or fill a cold pack with crushed ice. Simply put the ice pack on the area of the skin where the mosquito bite is located. The cooling effect reduces the itching and swelling of the mosquito bite.