By Tamsin Brown • 02 June 2022 • 18:37
How to treat itchy and inflamed mosquito bites with home remedies.
Inflamed mosquito bites are an unsightly nuisance that comes with the warmer weather, but the irritation can be soothed with several effective home remedies.
Inflamed mosquito bites are caused by a mild allergic reaction of the body that occurs in response to the insect’s saliva, when your body releases histamine. Some people have mild reactions, but others suffer more severe reactions.
The initial redness of the bite disappears within a few hours, giving way to a more uncomfortable bump. To make it heal more quickly, avoid scratching it. Fortunately, you can reduce the inflammation of a bite with a few simple treatments.
Mixing baking soda with water is a good natural remedy for treating a bite. One tablespoon of baking soda and a little water will create a paste that can be applied to the area. Wait ten minutes and rinse it off.
Aloe vera has many natural properties that help soothe irritated skin caused by burns or insect bites. It is also an excellent natural antiseptic that helps to reduce itching, swelling and pain.
Toothpaste normally contains menthol. This is an organic compound found in mint plants that can help to reduce the inflammation of a mosquito bite and soothe the area.
Honey has a long history as a home remedy for various aches and pains such as sore throats, inflammation and coughs. It contains several properties that make it a natural antibiotic and is therefore helpful for reducing itching.
Over-the-counter antihistamine creams are not a home remedy, but they do help to relieve mosquito bites. Always follow the instructions on the label.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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