There aren't many places in the world where mosquitoes don't make an appearance, interrupting summer fun by leaving itchy bumps on the skin of children and adults. While you may do your best to prevent these bugs from biting you and your children, you will probably end up with a couple bites. The more you itch the bites, the greater the chances are that the wound will open up more and infection can set in. Instead of making yourself crazy as you try your hardest not to scratch the itch, consider one of these unique and often all-natural treatments:
1. Lemon And Limes
Cut up a lemon or lime and rub a piece onto your mosquito bite. These citrus fruits are anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-itch. This means not only will they help to reduce that annoying need to scratch, lemon and lime juice can prevent bacteria from getting into the wound and causing infection.
Simply break a piece of your aloe plant off and rub it onto the mosquito bite. The aloe will reduce both the itching and swelling of the affected area of your skin, and it will speed up the healing process. You can buy aloe gel in specialty grocery stores, health food shops, and some supermarkets and department stores.
Honey is a fantastic and all natural anti-inflammatory with anti-bacterial properties. Just spread some honey onto the bug bite and hope your little one doesn't lick it off. But, if you or your child gets a sweet craving and can't help but taste this remedy, simply apply more. You can use as much honey as you want to keep from scratching a bug bite.
If you or someone in your family has trouble remembering not to scratch a mosquito bite during the night, then cover it with a piece of clear tape. It won't make the bite go away any faster, but it will prevent someone from scratching open the wound and creating an easy access for bacteria to get in and infect the bite.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you or your child has a bunch of mosquito bites over several areas of the body, you can treat them all at once with an apple cider vinegar bath. Simply fill your bathtub up with warm water, and then pour in 2 to 3 cups of apple cider vinegar. Then get in and soak the itchiness away.
If a bath isn't your thing, you can also pour a few drops of apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and wipe each bug bite. You can do this as often as needed to prevent itching.
6. Baking Soda
Just about every household has baking soda, making this an easy-to-obtain bug bite treatment. All you have to do is mix the baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Then apply the paste directly onto the skin to cover the mosquito bite. This will reduce itching and swelling as your skin heals from the bite.
Any of these treatments will sooth the itchiness that comes with a mosquito bite, and many of them will reduce the swelling associated with these nasty bug bites. But, if you are looking for a more permanent way to prevent mosquito bites, then consider hiring pest control to spray your property. Call a pest control company like Ram Pest Management, LLC. They are happy to help you.