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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.
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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:
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.