Top 10 Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid of Itching Due to Mosquito Bite
Top 10 Natural Home Remedies To Get Rid of Itching Due to Mosquito Bite

By Malla Reddy Narayana on 23 Aug, 2022

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Almost all of us are troubled by mosquitoes at some or other point in our lives. The season of summer and monsoon are the ones where we are most prone to these pesky insects. Mosquito bites are usually harmless but they cause a lot of discomfort and itching which

might affect one’s daily life or while one is trying to have a good night’s

sleep. Sometimes the bight might lead to complications like allergic reactions

due to biting which can manifest in symptoms like swollen throat and difficulty in breathing but the possibility of that is rare.

The bump caused due to the mosquito bite can remain intact for several days, but if we manage the itch, it wouldn’t be much of a problem. Hence, here are the 10 best natural remedies to get rid of the itching and also reduce the risk of further complications.

Thermal Treatment

Increasing the temperature of the affected area may help in reducing the swelling and itching caused by the bite. Although there are not many pieces of evidence as to what extent this method can provide relief, it is worth the try.

The best way to proceed with this treatment is to take a clean cloth soaked with lukewarm water and after wiring out the cloth apply It to the bite, this process can be repeated for at most 10 minutes. The only word of caution is that heat shouldn’t be applied to an open wound.

Ice Pack

Ice packs can help reduce the inflammation caused due to the bite and also numb the skin which can provide one with immediate relief.

The way to apply this method is using a damp cloth or an ice pack, care must be taken that the ice doesn’t come in direct contact with the wound. A washcloth can be used as a barrier, over which the ice pack or crushed ice can be applied. The cold pack can be applied for a duration of 5 – 10 minutes 3-4 times a day.

Honey

Honey has been utilized by humanity for its innumerable benefits for ages. Medical-grade honey possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

A tiny amount of honey can be applied to the itching bite, which will reduce the inflammation. However, do keep in mind, not to scratch the area after the application of honey, or else it will result in making the skin around the area sticky.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a plant that can be found in almost every household. It possesses multiple benefits which could prove beneficial while treating mosquito bites.

To use aloe vera for reducing the problems caused by mosquito bites, one can simply cut a part of the aloe plant and apply the gel obtained from the part directly onto the affected part.  Leave it to dry and the itching will subside automatically on its own.

Baking Soda

Also referred to as Sodium Bicarbonate, baking soda can be found in every kitchen. It has multiple uses which range from clearing drains to baking bread.

To use baking soda to get relief from a mosquito bite, take one tablespoon of baking soda and add just enough water to make its paste and then apply the paste directly to the affected area and let it sit for around ten minutes before washing it off.

This method should not be used if it results in skin irritation.

Basil Leaves

Basil leaves have been worshipped since ancient times in India due to their magical health benefits. Basil leaves are one of the main ingredients for making medication for skin diseases.

To proceed with the use of basil leaves to reduce the inflammation and itching sensation caused due to mosquito bites, boil 2 cups of water and add around 14 grams of dried basil leaves in it. Leave the mixture to cool and after that dip a cloth into the mixture and apply it over the affected area.

One can also take the help of fresh leaves by grinding them into a paste and applying the paste directly over the bite.

Vinegar

Vinegar has been used as a natural remedy for various medical conditions for centuries.

To use this method, dip a cloth in vinegar and apply it over the itchy part. This can help in reduce the itching and also kill any bacteria present around the area.

In case of multiple mosquito bites, one can soak in a lukewarm bath where 2 cups of vinegar are added to the water. Don’t take water that is very hot as it can make the itching worse.

This method should not be used if it results in skin irritation.

Onion

Onion possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties hence it can be very effective against inflammation caused by stings of various insects.

To use onion for getting relief from the itching, one can directly apply a freshly cut onion slice over the affected part for several minutes. The area must be washed thoroughly after removing the onion.

Garlic

Garlic has been used since ancient times to provide relief from heart diseases and blood pressure-related issues. Application of garlic directly to the affected part is not advised as it can cause a burning sensation.

The best way to use garlic for providing relief against mosquito bites is by mixing a fine paste of fresh garlic with petroleum jelly and applying it over the affected area.

The paste can be applied multiple times for relief.

Peppermint oil

The application of peppermint oil to reduce itching has been carried out for centuries. Peppermint oil is also used in providing relief from itching which is caused as a result of liver dysfunction and diabetes.

To use peppermint oil for treating mosquito bites, mix a few drops of it with olive or coconut oil and apply a small dab of the mixture obtained over the affected area.

One can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to a bathtub full of lukewarm water and soak in it for relief.

Care must be taken to ensure that undiluted oil is not applied directly over the area.

Those were the 10 best methods to treat mosquito bites, however, one must remember that Precaution is the best cure hence one must wear clothes that keep the exposed part of the skin to bear minimum and hence reduce the risk of one getting bitten by a mosquito.  

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