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How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Before revealing the many different ways to treat mosquito bites, know that there are a few approaches to preventing mosquito bites altogether.

Mosquito BitesUsing mosquito repellent and wearing pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors can decrease the chances of being bitten. You can also avoid mosquito bites by staying indoors during the hours of dusk and dawn, a time when mosquitoes are most active. However, no matter how hard you may try to prevent mosquitoes from reaching your body, some will still manage to get through to you, leaving an itchy red bump on your skin. How to treat mosquito bites is a constant endeavour.

Simple Initial Treatment
The first thing to do, after being bitten by a mosquito, is to immediately wash the area with soap and water to get rid of any potential bacteria left on the skin, and to reduce the urge to scratch. Then, wrap a cold compress in a towel and place it on the mosquito bite; that will help relieve the itch.

Commercial Products
People hate mosquito bites to such an extent that numerous products have been put on the market to combat the discomfort produced by insect stings:

  • Anti-itch medication: Calamine lotion is one of the most popular products sold for mosquito bites. Creams such as cortisone are also effective. However, these types of medications are somewhat slow at eliminating the itch.
  • Topical anesthetics: For fast relief from more serious bites, anesthetics such as Caladryl and PrameGel, which include the ingredient pramoxine, will soothe the area and alleviate the pain.

Household Items
If you choose not to use a commercial medication on your mosquito bite or if none is at hand, other simple options can be considered. Many effective remedies have been created from household items to treat mosquito bites.

To relieve the itch and soothe the skin irritation, a paste that consists of baking soda and water has been proven to be quite effective at stopping the need to scratch. Other common household liquids such as vinegar, mouthwash and lemon juice, and items such as scotch tape and ivory soap have boasted many success stories.

What works best for you is the most important factor when you are facing the challenge of how to treat mosquito bites.

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