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How to Treat Mosquito Bites

We’ve all dealt with mosquito bites at one time or another. Although most bits heal in just a few days, it’s important to learn how to treat the bite to promote healing. The four steps to taking care of your mosquito bite are as follows:

  1. Wash the mosquito bites with mild soap and water.
  2. For swelling and itching, apply an ice pack for ten-minute intervals as needed.
  3. Use anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help with itchiness
  4. For quick healing, avoid scratching at the site of the bites.

Tips to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

Once you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, any symptoms can show up anywhere from a few hours to a day after the bite. Itchiness is often the first symptom. As it forms, the bite will look like a raised white welt but will reduce to a red bump in a day or so. To alleviate the itching sensation, use ice packs and OTC creams for immediate relief. You may also choose to use anti-inflammatories or antihistamines to help with the Most importantly, resist the temptation to scratch away at the bites. In doing so, you risk worsening your symptoms and lengthening the healing time.

4 Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

More often than not, you likely have things already in your home that cn work to relieve the symptoms of mosquito bites.  Always do a skin patch test before proceeding with any of these homemade or natural remedies. A few of the most common homemade remedies include:

  1. Baking soda and water. Create a paste using 1 tablespoon baking soda and water. Apply it to the mosquito bite, let sit for ten minutes, and wash away.
  2. Oatmeal. An oatmeal paste created using equal amounts of oatmeal and water can be applied to the skin with a washcloth. You can also try an oatmeal bath by sprinkling a cup of ground oats into a warm-water bath.
  3. Honey. Used for many at-home treatments, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A small drop on a mosquito bite can reduce inflammation and reduce the desire to scratch.
  4. Aloe vera. Not just used for sunburns, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to soothe the symptoms associated with mosquito bites.

Do I Need to Go to the Doctor For a Mosquito Bite?

Usually, mosquito bite symptoms last no more than a week. If you start to come down with more severe symptoms, it’s time to visit your medical professional. More serious symptoms include fevers, rashes, nausea, and allergic reactions. 

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