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:
- Wash bites thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Use ice packs to help with swelling and itching.
- Apply anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, or over-the-counter creams with hydrocortisone to reduce itchiness.
- Refrain from scratching your bites.
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.
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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:
- 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.
- Oatmeal. You can make a similarly-functioning paste with oatmeal. Apply it to your skin with a washcloth to ease itchiness.
- 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.
- 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.