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Top 7 Home Remedies For Mosquito Bites

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A mosquito bite is not something that is usually serious. But once in a while, you may have the bad luck of getting bit by a rare breed, which leads to a lot of swelling, itchiness and irritation along with other symptoms.

Most mosquitoes aren’t poisonous unless you have recently come home from a forest expedition. Nevertheless, most of these bites are treatable with simple home remedies. Here are a few of them.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda along with warm water works really well to treat the swelling and the inflammation caused by a mosquito bite. It is quick and effective.

Ingredients Required

For this treatment you will need about two spoons of baking soda along with equal quantities of warm water.

How To Apply

Mix the warm water along with the baking soda and then apply it on the affected region. You should ensure that your fingers are clean when applying the same or use a sterile cotton swab for the same. Let it stay for a few minutes and then wash it off.

 Baking Soda

2. Honey

Honey is one of the best ingredients to find at home for all kinds of bites. Basically it has healing properties that helps to curb any infection and restrain the poisonous affect of the bit.

Ingredients Required

You simply need a spoon of any kind of honey available at home, though the raw and organic forms are preferred, any commercial alternative will do too.

How To Apply

For this treatment you basically need to take the honey with a cotton swab or clean fingers. Then apply it on the bit area and let it stay for a few minutes. Wash it off and reapply if required.

Honey

3. Apple Cider Vinegar And Corn flour

This is another remedy that can be made at home instantly to get relief from the itchiness and irritation caused by the mosquito bite. You may also use white vinegar if apple cider is not available at home.

Ingredients Required

A cotton ball for application, about one spoon of vinegar and a small spoon of corn flour or corn starch will be needed.

How To Apply

For making this paste you need to mix the corn flour with the apple cider vinegar. The paste created should be thick in consistency so that it can form a coating over the bite. Take the paste and apply using a cotton swab or ball. Once it has dried off completely, you can wash it off with cold or luke warm water to prevent further inflammation.

Apple Cider Vinegar And Corn flour

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4. Hot Compress

This remedy always works for different kinds of pains, be it due to a mosquito bite or even if you have scratched the bit too much, which can lead to some blood.

Ingredients Needed

For this remedy, you need to take about half a litre of warm water. It should be bearably warm and not so hot that it burns the skin. Make sure that the water is filtered because dirty water may cause infection. A clean cloth is also needed, preferably cotton. Any sanitizer or antiseptic liquid, about a few drops, can be used to curb infection.

How To Apply

For this treatment, simply soak the cloth or towel in warm water and squeeze out the excess. Then apply gently on the bitten area. What happens here is that the warm water reduces the swelling and irritation while the antiseptic liquid in the same doesn’t allow the infection to spread further. Also, the heat released helps to create histamine, which is basically a protein that aids in better immune response.

 Hot Compress

5. Aloe Vera

This is a common remedy used in most homes for not only soothing the bite area, but also to relief the skin from the inflammation and provides much needed nourishment too.

Ingredients Needed

For this treatment, you can use fresh Aloe Vera gel, which has been taken out of the leaf. Tear an aloe leaf and take out the gel and keep it in a bowl or even apply it directly. You can also use commercial gels, if access to fresh Aloe Vera is not available.

How To Apply

Take a bit of the Aloe Vera gel and apply it generously all over the infected area. Aloe has soothing properties that heals and nourishes the skin, while preventing further spread of the poison, if there is any. Also, apply it on the surrounding skin too so that the bite venom doesn’t spread. This is basically a non sticky gel so there is no need to wash off. You can reapply if needed.

Aloe Vera

6. Turmeric

This is an herb that has been known for centuries for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Not only will you get immediate respite from the bit, it also means that serious bites will not require a visit to the doctor.

Ingredients Needed

For this home remedy, you can make use of dried turmeric powder, which is available easily in most homes. However, if you have fresh turmeric, then you can squeeze the juice of the same too. About a teaspoon is required in both cases, though with dried turmeric, you will also need some water to make a paste.

How To Apply

Take the turmeric and then mix it in water, if you are using the dried version. If using the fresh juice, the same can be applied on the area, with clean fingers. Let it dry off and then wash off after about half an hour to see the swelling gone along with almost no sign of the bite.

 Turmeric

7. Ice

Another quick remedy that can be done for mosquito bites at home is to take out ice from the refrigerator. Basically the ice helps to alleviate symptoms of irritation and itching along with swelling.

Ingredients Needed

An ice cube is all that you need for this remedy, which can be taken out from the freezer.

How To Apply

Take the ice cube and rub it directly over the bite. You can use a thin muslin cloth if the ice is too much for your skin and then rub the same over the infected region. You will get instant relief from the bite.

Ice

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