4 Home Remedies to Relieve Mosquito Bite Itch

May 7th 2016

Mosquito bites can leave you feeling swollen and itching when left untreated. Quickly soothe the skin with natural home remedies that do not require a trip to the store or pharmacy.

Lemons

Relieve your itchy skin after a mosquito bite by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the inside of one of the halves on the affected area. The yellow rind can also be rubbed on your skin to relieve itching. Lemon juice works as a substitute for fresh lemons and helps reduce the risk of infection from a mosquito bite. Add crushed basil leaves to a mixture of lemon juice and apply the combo to your skin to soothe itching. Lemons contain anesthetic properties and natural anti-inflammatory agents that help to reduce swelling and itching quickly after a mosquito attacks the skin.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a household item often used to remove stingers from bee or wasp bites. You can also use baking soda to minimize itching from a mosquito bite. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to make a paste and apply the paste directly to the skin, or dip a cloth into the mixture to dab on the skin. The mixture, which can also include witch hazel, should be left on the affected area of the skin for at least 10 minutes. Baking soda works to stop the itching by neutralizing the pH of the skin with its alkaline components.

Vinegar

Intense itching from a mosquito bite is the perfect excuse for relaxing in the tub. Add 2 or 3 cups of vinegar to bath water and soak to relieve the itching. Vinegar can also be dabbed directly on mosquito bites on the skin. The small acidic levels within vinegar or even apple cider vinegar help to block itching on the skin.

Aloe Vera

One of the most popular home treatments for sunburn can also help reduce itching for a mosquito bite. Aloe vera leaves contain natural antiseptic agents to reduce itching, swelling and pain associated with mosquito bites. Extract the gel from the meaty portion of an aloe vera leaf and chill the gel for 10 to 15 minutes. The gel can be applied directly to the skin once chilled and left on to cool down burning and itching from a bug bite.

Conclusion

Mosquitoes come out in full force, especially during the summertime. Protection is important when you are outdoors, but when an untimely bite occurs, find relief with home remedies to soothe the pain. You may even be surprised to learn that many remedies to relieve the swelling and itching that stems from a mosquito bite consist of items in your home.

Sources

WomensHealthMag.com "9 genius ways to relieve bug bites" http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/bug-bite-relief
Top10HomeRemedies.com "Home remedies for mosquito bites" http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-mosquito-bites.html
Weather.com "These household items will end mosquito bite pain" http://www.weather.com/holiday/memorial-day/news/home-remedies-mosquito-bites-20130703#/1

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