Mosquito Bites 101: Home Remedies and Treatment

Mosquito bites are irritating, annoying, and can take some of the joy out of fun summertime activities like picnicking or camping. Watch this helpful video created by the folks at WaysandHow for how to deal with mosquito bites.

In the Western word and in America, mosquitoes are usually just an annoyance, but they are actually the most deadly animals in the world. According to the Mother Nature Network, they are more lethal than tigers, sharks, or snakes.

More deaths are caused by mosquitoes than any other animal, thanks to bugs’ aid in spreading malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. A single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people; and according to the World Health Organization, malaria kills a child every 45 seconds in Africa.

How to Treat Mosquito Bites to Stop Itching and Prevent Infection:

Do NOT scratch your mosquito bites, because breaking the skin can lead to infection. It also causes the mosquito bite to become more inflamed.

Do number 1 as soon as possible after you get a bite or bites. Then use one, all or a combination of the below remedies.

1. Wash the bite with soap and water. The lye helps with itching and cleansing the area helps prevent infection.

2. Apply ice to the mosquito bite to relieve the itching, swelling, and redness. This works instantly.

3. Use a itch relief lotion or medication.

Aloe Vera
Calamine lotion or Caladryl
Hydrocortisone cream

DIY Itch Relief Paste Home Remedy:

3 parts baking soda + 1 part water. Apply this paste to your bug bites to stop the itch.

4. If you have many bites and the itching is driving you crazy, then you might want to take an over-the-counter antihistamine (like Benadryl or Claritin). This works to prevent the swelling and itching

5. Put a band aid over the bite. This can help to prevent you from itching the bites. This is especially a good method to use with children as it will prevent breaking the skin, which can lead to infection and scars.

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