We can’t really prevent mosquito bites, but we can relieve the unbearable itching they cause. These insects most often attack those body parts that are not covered by clothing, such as feet, face, arms and hands. In addition to the fact that there is always a risk that a mosquito will transmit some infectious disease, such as malaria and dengue, in most cases, the reactions to the bite of this small insect are swelling and unbearable itching. The more you scratch, the more it will itch. Therefore, it is very important to use some of the methods to ease and even stop the itching instead of scratching.
Our immune system was created to react to mosquito saliva, due to the large amount of protein contained in it. The human body then releases histamine, a chemical substance that causes redness, swelling and itching on the skin.
There are many ways to relieve these symptoms. That is why it is good to have some of this on you, especially when you are staying in nature or near water in the summer.
Apple cider vinegar
Dip a compress, tissue or cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and place it on a mosquito bite. It is best to keep it on the skin for a longer time. If the bite is scratched and picked, apple cider vinegar can cause a slight burning sensation, but it will certainly stop the itching.
Lavender and tea tree oil have demonstrated their efficiency in easing the itching, and also the swelling after mosquito bites. These products should also be applied to the skin in very small quantities, and if they are too strong, it is desirable to dissolve them in neutral oil or water. The smell of lavender, by the way, is one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents. Apart from relieving the itching it can also in a certain measure prevent bites.
Many pharmacies in Serbia have gels based on this incredible plant. It is most effective when the leaf of a real plant is rubbed on the bite site, but pharmacy creams can also be an effective first aid.
This citrus fruit has an extremely strong antibacterial effect. In addition, it is very effective in relieving itchy skin. . Lemon peel can be rubbed on the bite or a drop of lemon juice can be applied. As with apple cider vinegar, if the skin was scratched, it can cause burning sensation. It is only important that the lemon is applied only to those areas that haven’t been sun exposed. Therefore, it is not very convenient to apply it to the face, hands and feet
Aromatic and medicinal basil is an excellent tool in the fight against itching, after a mosquito bite. It contains camphor, which is also present in peppermint, so it cools the skin when applied. Along with cooling, which will suit red and swollen skin, basil will relieve the itching.
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
Dissolved baking soda reduces inflammation and relieves itching. You should apply baking soda as soon as possible, immediately after the bite, as it is not good for the skin if the solution is applied to areas that are too irritated by scratching.
When the inner side of the banana peel is rubbed on the affected area, it can significantly relieve the itching and irritation.
If no natural product helps, a corticosteroid cream can be used. The best choice is mometasone. It is not very strong and it is not resorbed. If you do not have it, any corticosteroid preparation can help. In 15 minutes from the moment it is applied, the immune response of our body to the mosquito bite stops. The redness and swelling disappear, and the itching passes quickly.
Important: everyone who is allergic to mosquito bites must seek the help of a dermatologist because these methods are often not adequate to stop the violent reaction.