Summertime brings fun outdoor activities, cool drinks, and….unfortunately, mosquitos. We need to learn how to make mosquito bites go away.
If you want to learn how to make mosquito bites go away, then lesson up! Although they’re called “bites”, mosquitos do not actually bite you at all. The female of the species simple scrapes at the skin to access shallow veins.
This motion usually frees enough blood to be used to nourish the female’s eggs. Eww! Sorry, I know that’s just not appealing, but it’s facts.
Anyway, these areas of the skin, that we call bites, then become itchy and irritated due to the saliva that the mosquitos leave behind. That’s why learning how to make mosquito bites go away just makes all these yucky facts fade as well.
Making the itching stop
Learning how to make mosquito bites go away also helps us understand the science of what the female mosquito does. Our skin becomes inflamed by the histamines left behind by the pest’s saliva, which explains the irritation.
There are ways to alleviate this itching and irritation, and that’s what we’re here to find out! Here are a few natural solutions.
A popular breakfast item is also a popular cure for insect bites. Even mosquito bites can be soothed by a warm paste of oatmeal. You can also enjoy a nice oatmeal bath to do the trick.
For a paste, use equal parts of oatmeal and water, place between your skin and a warm wet cloth and let sit for 10 minutes. For the bath, sprinkle 1 cup of oatmeal into your water and soak for up to 20 minutes. You will notice some relief from this option.
2. Apple cider vinegar
I’m not entirely sure why this one works, but it does. Simply dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and dab the bite location for a few seconds. You can repeat this process if any itching returns. This is more so a maintenance solution than overall cure.
3. Peppermint toothpaste
Although this remedy is not permanent, it can also relieve the itching. Place a bit of the peppermint toothpaste onto the bite and it will stop some of the intensity of the itch.
The organic version of this toothpaste works much better than other versions of peppermint toothpaste, so keep this in mind.
For a more proactive solution to a mosquito bite, honey does the trick. Honey is used in all sorts of home remedies because of it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
When applied, honey can reduce the swelling and also stop the itching. If you are beyond irritated with your insect bites, grab that jar of honey and you will notice the difference.
5. Lemon balm
I knew there was a reason I planted this herb in my garden a week ago. Yes, lemon balm can also soothe mosquito bites, and here’s how: chop up a few leaves and apply it to the irritated area.
You can also use lemon balm essential oils in the same way. After about 10 minutes you will notice a difference. The lemon balm will reduce swelling, stop itching and also speed up the healing process. Wow! This herb is a powerhouse, huh?
Another amazing solution to mosquito bites is garlic. Garlic has so many healing properties that it will simply astound you. I once had an ulcer above a bad tooth and was told to place garlic on the infected site.
I did, and yes, It burned badly. But for two weeks afterward, I felt no pain, the infection was gone, and I had more time to deal with finding a way to fix my tooth.
Garlic works in much the same way with bites as well. It reduces inflammation, it cures that pesky itch and it also radiates that bite with antibacterial components. It’s just all around, a great weapon.
It might not be a cure, but it’s a quick solution to itchy bites. If you have any lemons in the fridge and you’ve endured quite a few mosquito bites, then you might have a remedy.
Grab a lemon, cut it in half and apply the juice onto the bite. The essence of the lemon helps comfort the itch.
Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties called fisetin. This makes them useful when combating mosquito bites. If you have any cucumbers handy, then cut a few slices and place one over the bite.
The cooling of the cucumber will help reduce the itching sensation while reducing the swelling.
9. Aloe Vera
Did your grandmother cut and rub a bulbous leaf on your skin when you got hurt as a child? Well, if she did, she may have been using part of the aloe vera plant.
The Aloe vera stem is useful at soothing bites and sores alike. All you need is a small cutting, which is then sliced open to reveal a slimy internal pulp. Rub this pulp against the bite or sore to make it start the healing process. It reliefs the discomfort as well.
You’ve probably used ice packs for quite a few physical issues before. Well, you can also use ice for mosquito bites. Learning how to make mosquito bites go away in this manner comes from information from the Mayo Clinic.
Apparently, the simple usage of ice to combat this problem is doctor recommended!
A mosquito’s preference
I bet you didn’t know that mosquitos prefer some sources of nourishment over others. As it turns out, mosquitos favor those with the blood type O over those with the A blood type.
This is why you might be feeling a little singled out or as if all mosquitos are drawn to you while leaving your friends alone. Now you know the reason!
If you’re being plagued with mosquito bites, there are many solutions. These remedies and more will help you enjoy your outdoor adventures in peace. Also, you might want to do some research on how to avoid the bites altogether.
Either way, I hope you enjoy your outdoor activities, and please be safe!
By Sherrie S.