5 Fast And Easy Home Remedies For Mosquito Bites

5 Fast And Easy Home Remedies For Mosquito Bites

Want to stop mosquito bites from itching?

What should you do when you get a mosquito bite?

First things first: Don’t scratch your mosquito bite. It will only make the bite and itching worse.

In fact, mosquito bites are painful and present with bumps at the site of the bite. 

These bumps are usually uncomfortable, itchy, and red. 

That said, one of the best ways to manage mosquito bites is through the use of simple remedies. 

Here are 5 easy home remedies for mosquito bites:

  1. Ice cubes 
  2. Aloe vera
  3. Onion 
  4. Honey
  5. Basil Leaves

Now, let’s take a deeper look into each of them:

1. Ice Cubes

Ice cubes help reduces inflammation, induces numbness, and reduces irritation that is associated with mosquito bites.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic suggests using a cold pack may help stop mosquito bites from itching.

The CDC also explains that applying an ice pack to the bite will reduce swelling and itching.

All you have to do is:

  • Wrap the ice around a clothing material and apply it to your skin’s red bumpy areas caused by mosquitoes. 
  • Apply the ice for about 1-2 mins, then remove for about 5mins. 
  • Repeat until you feel relief. 

A word of caution: Long application of ice can damage the skin, so don’t apply it for a very long time. 

Take breaks in-between applications. 

2. Apple cider vinegar

Another popular easy home remedy for mosquito bites is apple cider vinegar

In fact, the vinegar has an itch-relieving effect, which quickly makes you forget about the mosquito bite. 

But why does vinegar help with mosquito bites? 

Studies show that apple cider vinegar contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help ease skin itching.

How do you use it?

Soak a thin washcloth in apple cider vinegar and cold water and place it on the mosquito bites for 10-15 minutes.

3. Onion

It’s a common vegetable in every household. 

The medicinal properties of onions have been well known since the dawn of time when they were used to treat illnesses such as headaches, diabetes, heart disease, and sores. 

So how does onion stop mosquito bites from itching?

The onion juices applied to the bites can reduce itching, swelling, and redness, so it heals faster.

Thanks to onion organic sulfur compounds, antioxidants, and antimicrobial properties that make it effective home remedy for mosquito bites.

All you have to do is:

  • Take a slice of fresh onion and apply to the itchy bumps for 5 – 15 minutes, and then wash the area with water. 

4. Honey

Honey is superfood produce by bees, and it has been known to help mosquito bites.

Why it works:

It’s packed with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces inflammation, and soothes itching associated with mosquito bites.

Rub a few drops of honey on the lesion and let it set in for a while: 

It not only stops the itch immediately but reduces the swelling caused by your mosquito bite.

5. Basil Leaves

The basil leaf has a very soothing effect on mosquito bites because it contains a chemical compound called eugenol.

In fact, studies say that eugenol can help soothe itchy skin.

…Also, basil leaves contain camphor and thymol, which may help in relieving itchiness caused by mosquito bites.

All you have to do is:

  • Put a cup of water in a pot, then add a few basil leaves. 
  • After boiling the leaves, allow the water to cool, then apply it to the red itchy bumps with a clean cloth, cotton wool, or sterile gauze. 

In conclusion

If you are allergic to any of the remedies mentioned above, stop using the remedy immediately.

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