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How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites are something that almost everyone has had to deal with at one point or another. More often than not, any mild symptoms from bites heal in just a few days. To aid in the healing process, there are several actions you can take to treat mosquito bites:
  1. Thoroughly and carefully wash the bites with soap and warm water.
  2. To help reduce swelling or 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 the mosquito bites.
Adult treating mosquito bites on child's leg

Tips to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

Once you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, the symptoms can take anywhere from a few hours to a day to show up. The itching can start almost immediately after a bite. When it first 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 various symptoms. Most importantly, resist the temptation to scratch away at the bites. Doing so will lengthen and worsen your symptoms.

4 Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

More often than not, you have items right in your home that can help heal your 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.

Should I Go to the Doctor For Mosquito Bites?

If you begin to exhibit more severe symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, it’s time to visit your medical professional. More serious symptoms include fevers, rashes, nausea, and allergic reactions. Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious illness.

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