It is a nice summer day and you are enjoying your time with family and friends until you start feeling a sharp itching and stinging sensation. You look down and sure enough, it is a mosquito bite. By the time you finally get back inside your home you notice you have been bitten numerous times and it feels like you’re itching all over.
A mosquito can be hard to spot if you aren’t really looking out for them, but their bite is unmistakable. When a mosquito bites you, it penetrates your skin and injects saliva in order to feed on your blood. Once you have been bitten you may not even notice it until later on when you see your skin has a nice sized welt on it.
The typical symptoms of a mosquito bite that lets you know you have been bitten are itching, irritation, or redness. The itching can be so severe that you can’t stop itching yourself. If you are looking for some fast relief from mosquito bites check out these 5 home remedies you can start using right now.
Ammonia is an alkali that helps counteract and balance out the acids produced by bug stings. Once you apply the ammonia to the mosquito bite it will stop the symptoms such as swelling, redness, pain, and itching. You can take a cotton ball soaked in ammonia and apply it directly to the infected areas on your skin. When you have been outside for a while and you have mosquito bites all overhead to the kitchen and grab some ammonia to immediately neutralize the acid and stop symptoms.
Baking soda is an alkaline compound that has the power to neutralize acids caused by bee stings and mosquito bites. Look in your cabinet for the baking soda and then drop 1 tablespoon into a cup. Add a little water to the baking soda and mix to create a paste. Apply the paste to the areas on your body where you have been bitten and place a bandaid over it. The alkaline compounds will help remove the toxins caused by the bite, while the salt and sodium will dry up the bite to help it heal faster.
Menthol is the active compound in toothpaste that makes it such a good remedy for mosquito bites. The menthol comes from mint oils like peppermint oil, and it has anesthetic properties that can stop the irritation and itching caused by mosquito bites. Take some of your favorite toothpaste (no gel) and apply a little to the affected areas on your skin generously. Allow the toothpaste to dry up, this will probably take a couple of minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.
Essential oils like tea tree and lavender oil have antiseptic properties that can help stop the effects of mosquito bites. Soak the cotton ball in tea tree oil and then apply it directly to the bite to get some quick relief from irritation, swelling, and itching.
Banana peels have been known to help stop some of the itching associated with mosquito bites. You can wrap the infected area with the inside flesh of banana peels. Rub the inside part of the banana peel on the mosquito bites and use a bandaid to help it stay in place for ten to fifteen minutes. The longer you allow the banana peel to remain on the affected area the better.