The first step is to apply mosquito repellent to any potentially exposed area of skin. This measure ensures that there will be no more bites. The alternative is to return indoors or to install a physical barrier for mosquitoes, such as a mosquito net.
After applying protection, you can treat the bite area with ice or cream/gel with an antihistamine component. Itching will likely continue, but every effort should be made to avoid scratching the bite as this will cause further irritation.
Natural remedies for mosquito bites
Soda: mix a tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply it on a mosquito bite, wait ten minutes and wash off.
Oatmeal: grind oatmeal to a floury consistency. When mixed with water, a colloidal suspension is obtained; it is this part of oatmeal that must be added to bath (it should also be part of creams). Fine particles of colloidal oatmeal settle on skin retaining moisture and relieving itching.
Basil: this fragrant herb has a dual function. First, it repels mosquitoes. Therefore, it can be planted on windowsill. Secondly, according to some studies, basil soothes the itching from a bite. Crush a few leaves and rub gently into skin.
Aloe vera: he sticky, clear gel found inside the aloe vera plant is used to treat many ailments. It has also been proven to be an effective remedy for itching.
Chamomile: this herb is used to relieve anxiety and insomnia. It is believed that applying a decoction of chamomile to the skin can soothe rashes and irritations. However, there is no exact data on chamomile effectiveness. If you are allergic to ragweed, you may also have a reaction to chamomile. Be careful - in the composition of creams, chamomile is called “azulene”.
Menthol products cool the skin, which can temporarily relieve itching.
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