Mosquito Bite Relief Tips

garden-mosquitoSummer is a season which I both love and hate. It is the season when our gardens grow vigorously, with bright green foliage and colorful sweet blossoms. It is also the season when we are the busiest working in our gardens, sweating under the strong, harsh sun while feeding our blood to the hungry mosquitoes.

During the mosquito season, we pretty much have to stop breathing to not attract the attention of a mosquito since a big attractor for these buggies is the carbon dioxide from our breathing. Spending merely a few minutes in our garden without using any mosquito repellent may result in red splotches covering our arms, legs and anywhere else that is not fortunate enough to be covered by clothing.

Last week, I have shared some tips of mosquito bite prevention. Here, let me share with you some mosquito bite itch relief tips that I have used or heard of.

  • Wash the mosquito bite with warm water and soap as soon as possible. This is my favorite mosquito bite remedy for it often works and the relief is nearly instant.
  • Wrap some ice in a towel and apply it to the mosquito bite. The ice will help to minimize our swelling.
  • Use calamine lotion to the mosquito bite to help with the itching. A common home remedy involves mixing baking soda and water. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water and stir until the mixture becomes a paste, then apply it to the mosquito bite. This will help to soothe itchy skin. It also works well on poison ivy, wasp stings, as well as other minor skin irritations.
  • I know it’s itchy, but don’t scratch. Every time we scratch, histamine is released, which causes the skin to itch even more. Frequent scratching can also cause small breaks in the skin that allow bacteria to enter and cause infection.

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