Summer brings with it countless opportunities for activities to be done under the open sky.To experience everything that you might have been planning to do while indoors, during the winter. The Summer sunshine brings with it the warm weather and along with it the bloodsuckers – mosquitoes.
The other day, I stepped out on to our deck for less than a minute – the time it took to pluck some chilies from our deck garden, and that was all it took for one of these dreaded devils to get me.
Woe the aftermath of the sting! The skin turns red and you are overcome with the overwhelming urge to scratch at the spot of the mosquito bite. All your summer time fun comes crashing down with just one such bite.
Just as you can’t escape the summer heat, you can’t escape this summer pest. However, there are a plethora of different treatments and home remedies for mosquito bites that would help to relieve the itch.
Let us first understand why does the mosquito bite, not even a bite, a mere sting from a minute little creature cause so much irritation and pain. So when a mosquito latches on to suck your blood, it leaves behind a little saliva that contains proteins,which your body considers unwanted. A reaction to the mosquito bite is caused by your immune system which responds to these proteins. In order to protect you, your body releases compounds known as histamines which put up their defenses. In doing so, they also trigger the uncomfortable feelings of itchiness and inflammation.This is basically because the body’s immune system interprets the saliva from a mosquito’s bite as a foreign substance. The Histamine sends white blood cells and increased blood flow to the site of infection, which results in the inflammation. This increased swelling and nerves in the surrounding area cause the mosquito bite to itch.
The pesky mosquito injects and in most cases can beat the B-21 Raider in stealth capabilities. It may allow their presence to go unnoticed and will draw blood until disturbed, full or perhaps brought down by a swift swat. No matter what you do or how careful you are, these blood thirst buzzers will eventually get you.
The first thing that you should do once bitten is to wash the affected spot. Once you have washed the area, there are many home remedies for mosquito bites that can help to reduce the feeling of irritation, scratching and inflammation.
Home remedies for Mosquito bites:
Ice Ice Baby
Cold exposure can help numb the area and calm down any inflammation so you don’t feel the irritation from bites as much. A bag of ice or cold pack applied to a mosquito bite can reduce inflammation and lessen the itchiness. Applying ice to the area helps in two ways. The cold ice helps in reducing the swelling and is also beneficial for numbing the nerves that communicate the itchy signals to the brain.
The opposite treatment is also beneficial as heat compression or just running warm water over the affected spot will work on the nerves the same way as ice does. It will also help in opening up the pores for the itch-inducing toxins to escape. It can also help in reducing the swelling besides soothing the pain. Turn the shower up as high as you can stand and put that bite under the hot water.
Another of the natural remedies for mosquito bite, that can be easily found in the kitchen closet is Baking Soda. You can make a paste by adding baking soda to some water and apply it on the area as a paste. The household alkaline is known to have qualities that can neutralize the pH balance in the bite. This results in providing relief from the itchiness.
Another perennial presence in the kitchen closet is of Ginger. Another natural remedy for Mosquito bit and a natural antibiotic is the fresh garlic. A crushed clove of garlic when rubbed on a mosquito bite is known to said to beat the bacteria that cause the itchiness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There seems to be no end to finding ingredients in the kitchen which can be used as effective home remedies against mosquito bites. Apple Cider Vinegar contains Malic acid which is a natural antibiotic and has anti-inflammatory qualities. These qualities help in soothing the pain and the itchiness.
Honey is another natural remedy for mosquito bites because of its natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory qualities. Also, it helps in relieving pain quickly.
The natural camphor found in basil leaves helps in increasing the blood flow around the bite and reduces the itchiness. To apply, crush the basil leaves and rub it on the around the affected area.
Skin’s best buddy Mr. Aloe Vera comes to the rescue again. The gel found inside Aloe Vera leaves when applied to the area of the bite acts as an antibiotic. It also works as a good anti-inflammatory disinfectant.
Toothpaste is another home remedy for mosquito bite. Just apply a dab of toothpaste on the affected spot and it plays the part of an astringent. As it dries up, it also reduces the itchiness from the area as it dries up. The presence of menthol in the toothpaste also helps in providing a cooling relief to the inflammation and itchiness which should give a much needed instant relief from the discomfort.
Another good use of the tea bag which also is also a good example of an astringent. Use a wet tea bag, preferably of Black or Green tea and put it on to the spot which has taken the bite. The tannins in the tea bags help in soothing the discomfort and itchiness quickly.
Lemon Balm Cream
One of the best remedy for mosquito bites and an herbal remedy at that is the lemon balm. Try applying a cream that contains lemon balm essential oils to the affected area. The compounds found in lemon balm essential oils can help ease the inflammation. It will also help in speeding up the healing.
You may need to do more to protect yourself from getting attacked again.
Precautions to keep in mind:
Make sure that you wear long sleeves and pants especially in the evenings when the blood suckers are on the prowl.
Pour out standing water.
Check for any standing and stagnant water which isa breeding haven for mosquitoes. Regularly turn over water-collectors which are hot spots for mosquito eggs in your yard such as bird baths, buckets, trash cans, and flowerpots.
If you have an evening planned outdoors, in the backyard or on your deck, make sure to surround these areas with mosquito netting. The same goes for baby strollersand baby carriers to keep these buzzers from getting to you or your loved ones. Also mend and patch up holes in the screens on doors and windows.
There are many triedand tested methods which have been listed in this article that help in giving relief and comfort from the itchiness and the inflammationthat arises from a mosquito bite.
The first thing on the list should be to wash the affected area with water. Net you can apply Aloe Vera Gel, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Balm cream and a host of other natural remedies for mosquito bites that are mentioned in this piece.
It is known to act as an astringent and reduces the itchiness from the area as it dries up. Menthol, which is present in most toothpastes, helps in providing a cooling relief to the inflammation and itchiness.
A natural and herbal remedy is to apply a cream that contains lemon balm essential oils to the affected area. The lemon balm essential oils can help ease the inflammation.
It would obviously depend from skin to skin. However, you may choose from the long list of home remedies for mosquito bites that are listed above and see which suits you best and which offers you the quickest relief.