Mosquito bites are annoying, can be dangerous, and most people have some form of allergic reaction to them.Although it is almost impossible to come up with a definitive answer to the question, how to get rid of mosquito bites, I have collected a large variety of medicinal and home remedies to help you with this nuisance.
The biggest step you can take in learning how to get rid of mosquito bites is learning how to prevent mosquito bites. Why do they choose to bite us in the first place? Did you know that it blood is actually a necessary part to their ability to reproduce? Only female mosquitoes feed on humans, and do so in order to produce eggs. When female land on your skin she spits a bit of pain-killing saliva in order to numb her feasting spot. The saliva also keeps the blood from clotting at the injection site, enabling her to easily suck your blood. The saliva is actually the catalyst for the allergic reactions. A common reaction that is seen amongst most is the swelling and itching around the bite area. This is actually so common that it isn’t really classified as an allergic reaction at all. Actual mosquito bite allergic reactions can be quite severe and may need medical attention. If you experience blistering rashes, bruises, or very large areas of swelling – a whole arm or leg, anaphylaxis, whole body hives or worsening asthma symptoms please seek medical attention.
Prevent Mosquito Bites
When researching how to get rid of mosquito bites, the most popular answer was to prevent and avoid getting them in the first place. Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn, typically feeding times. Create an outside living space that is not conducive to mosquito breeding. For all of our tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes read our article here. If you cannot avoid the outdoors protect yourself with appropriate clothing choices. Cover your skin with thick but breathable clothing and wear a mosquito net over your head.
The best repellent would be one that contains DEET; however, caution should be taken not to use these products on children and pregnant women. Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural oil that can be used as a repellent. A blend of eucalyptus and lavender oils should work for a couple of hours. Some say that mosquitoes are not fond of peppermint, so if you add a few drops of this essential oil to your water spray it will help.If you will be in one area, ThermaCELL is a most effective way to protect a concentrated area.
I have read some people have really good luck with taking Vitamin B1 for the prevention of mosquito bites. If you are planning on an unavoidable situation then perhaps you could load up on B1 4-6 weeks before and you may have some luck. For some it works wonders and others not at all.
How to get rid of mosquito bites when they strike
The first and most important thing you can do is actually something you shouldn’t do: Do not scratch your bites! This will only irritate the area, cause more swelling, and increase the potential for infection. It may help to immediately ice the area to numb and cover with a band aid to help prevent scratching.
Before you cover your bites, you may want to apply a cream that contains diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hydrocortisone, or Calamine. These creams are temporary but do usually relive the itches for a bit. It is important that you read the instructions because some are only intended to be used a few times a day and not over large areas of the body.
Another option is to use a camphor based product to soothe the itch. After Bite relieves the itching with ammonium. These typically burn the area (especially if it has been scratched). Some say pouring vinegar will relieve after the burning sensation has subsided. Red Oil is a gentler option that works for many people.
How to get rid of mosquito bites with Home Remedies
Many people have different ideas on how to get rid of mosquito bites. I have read some that I may try myself and some that just made me laugh out loud. Some people swear by banana peels, lemon peels, aloe and baking soda. One clever idea involves a wet aspirin being placed on the bite with a band-aid for 15 minutes. I read a story about an Army commander in Egypt that told his unit to spit on their mosquito bites, tested by others and found to actually work for some. Others suggest vegemite or just plain cutting the area off. We strongly advise you steer clear of the latter.
Hopefully I have been able to compile a battery of options for you when trying to find out how to get rid of mosquito bites.