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How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Most people have dealt with mosquito bites at some point in their lives. If you deal with them correctly, they can heal in just 3-4 days. You can help your mosquito bites heal by taking the following actions:

  1. Wash bites thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  2. Use ice packs to help with swelling and itching.
  3. Apply anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, or over-the-counter creams with hydrocortisone to reduce itchiness.
  4. Refrain from scratching your bites.
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How to Relieve Mosquito Bite Itchiness

Symptoms usually take anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours to appear after a mosquito bite. Itchiness is usually the first symptom. The bite will start to form into a raised white welt, but it will receded into a wider red bump over the next day or two. If your bites are extra itchy, use ice packs and over-the-counter creams for quick relief. You can also use antihistamines and anti-inflammatories to help with swelling. The most important thing to do, though, is refrain from itching your bites—this will lengthen your symptoms.

Home Remedies to treat Mosquito Bites

You might already have multiple items in your home that you can use to treat mosquito bites. As always, though, make sure to do a skin patch test before trying any homemade remedies. These are a few common natural mosquito bite treatments:

  1. Baking soda and water. Whip up a paste by combining a tablespoon of baking soda and water. Let it sit on your bite mark for 10 minutes, then wash it away.
  2. Oatmeal. You can make a similarly-functioning paste with oatmeal. Apply it to your skin with a washcloth to ease itchiness.
  3. Honey. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory functions, so it is a common ingredient in many kinds of at-home remedies. Letting a small drop sit on your mosquito bite can relieve itchiness.
  4. Aloe vera. It doesn’t only work on sunburns! Apply aloe vera as you would to any rash or sunburn.

When to See a Doctor for Mosquito Bites

If you’re starting to develop more serious symptoms (rashes, fevers, nausea, and allergic reactions) that you believe to be related to a recent mosquito bite, talk to a medical professional. The vast majority of bites heal themselves within a week, though. 

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