It’s a summer horror! You spend a beautiful day or evening outside only to find yourself covered in itchy red bumps. Mosquitoes got to you again! While it’s tempting to scratch a mosquito bite, excessive scratching can lead to scarring and infections. Try these remedies to relieve the swelling and itching from mosquito bites.
You probably think of Aloe vera is a sunburn treatment, but it works wonders for mosquito bites too. It’s a natural antiseptic that reduces inflammation and swelling. You can buy Aloe vera gels at the store, or you can keep an Aloe vera plant at home. It’s super easy to care for, and all you need to do is peel away the tough outer skin to find the gel inside.
Pro tip: Chill the gel for some extra relief.
Essential oils have so many uses, including inflammation reduction and itching relief. Put a small amount of essential oil in a spray bottle with water, and you’ll always have something soothing on hand.
Some essential oils that will relieve the inflammation:
- Tea tree
All of these essential oils have cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. They might not bring permanent relief, so you’ll have to reapply after a few hours. If you don’t have any essential oils on hand, minty toothpaste can provide temporary relief as well.
This is an easy one. Put ice in a plastic bag or washcloth and place it over the bite. It’ll reduce the redness and provide a cool relief from a hot day at the same time. Taking a warm bath might sound soothing, but it’ll make the bites itch more. It’s better to cool the area instead.
Cortisone cream is really the best thing to put on your mosquito bites. It’ll constrict the blood vessels and reduce the inflammation, which is at the root of the itch. You can find cortisone over the counter at any drugstore.
The combination of zinc and iron oxides in calamine lotion has a soothing effect on the itchy and inflamed skin. It’s great on poison ivy too.
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that you can find in pharmacies and grocery stores over the counter. Make sure the witch hazel you buy doesn’t include alcohol, which will dry out your skin, and it won’t help the itching or inflammation.
Apply a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton ball and dab the bite. It isn’t a permanent relief, but it’ll help for a few hours.
How can I prevent mosquito bites in the future?
One of the best mosquito bite remedies is to make sure that they don’t happen in the first place.
There are so many different mosquito repellents like wristbands, skin patches, and personal fans. These might be effective for a while, but mosquitoes will still get by them.
The most effective personal mosquito repellent is one that is sprayed or rubbed onto your exposed skin. Always apply any spray products while outdoors and away from any food. Keep your face bite-free by spraying the repellent to your hands first then carefully rubbing it on your face. You don’t want to spray it directly on your face, because you’ll inevitably get it in your eyes and mouth.
Other than personal mosquito repellents, one of the best ways to make sure mosquitoes don’t crash the party is treating your yard with a barrier spray. The pests are eliminated on contact, and your yard will be safe for up to 21 days.
Mosquito Squad also offers a natural mosquito barrier treatment if you want to avoid all synthetics. The all-natural treatment will protect your yard for up to 14 days.
Want to be mosquito free this summer? Contact Mosquito Squad today for a free estimate or to schedule a treatment for your yard.