How to Treat Mosquito Bites
If you’ve found yourself with a mosquito bite, there’s no need to panic. Most mosquito bites heal in just a few day’s time when you treat them properly. To ensure your mosquito bite heals as quickly and painlessly as possible, here’s what to do:
- Carefully wash the bite(s) with warm water and mild, unscented soap.
- To help reduce swelling or itching, apply an ice pack for ten-minute intervals as needed.
- Use anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help with itchiness
- For the quickest healing, avoid scratching the mosquito bites to the best of your ability.
Tips to Help With Itchy Mosquito Bites
After a mosquito bites you, it may take a few hours until any symptoms or side effects show up. Itchiness is often one of the first symptoms. At first, the bite will look like a raised white welt but will reduce to a red bump in a day or so. To alleviate the itching sensation, use ice packs and OTC creams for immediate relief. You may also choose to use anti-inflammatories or antihistamines to help with the Most importantly, resist the temptation to scratch away at the bites. If you scratch at the bites, you run the risk of infecting the bite and prolonging the healing time.
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DIY Remedies for Mosquito Bites
Chances are, you have a number of things already in your home that can aid in the healing of your mosquito bites. Always do a skin patch test before proceeding with any of these homemade or natural remedies. A few of the most common homemade remedies include:
- Baking soda and water. Create a paste using 1 tablespoon baking soda and water. Apply it to the mosquito bite, let sit for ten minutes, and wash away.
- Oatmeal. An oatmeal paste created using equal amounts of oatmeal and water can be applied to the skin with a washcloth. You can also try an oatmeal bath by sprinkling a cup of ground oats into a warm-water bath.
- Honey. Used for many at-home treatments, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A small drop on a mosquito bite can reduce inflammation and reduce the desire to scratch.
- Aloe vera. Not just used for sunburns, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to soothe the symptoms associated with mosquito bites.
Do I Need To See a Doctor For Mosquito Bites?
Almost always, mosquito bites will heal with few symptoms in just a few days. If you start to come down with more severe symptoms, it’s time to visit your medical professional. More serious symptoms include fevers, rashes, nausea, and allergic reactions—all of which can be signs of a more serious problem.
How to Treat Mosquito Bites in Atlanta & Knoxville Metros and Surrounding Areas
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