How to reduce itching after the mosquito bite?

Mosquitoes could potentially carry a variety of diseases, like malaria and dengue virus. They tend to bite exposed parts of the human body such as the face, hands, arms and feet.

When the mosquito bites, it leaves saliva behind. Saliva contains protein, which is the reason for our body’s immune system to wake up and respond. Then the body releases histamine, a chemical that causes a reaction – redness and itching.

Although the bite of a mosquito is usually a harmless condition, it causes the irritating itching that seemingly does not stop. Refrain from scratching it (at least avoid doing it as much as you can) and instead try for some of the following methods to minimize the damage:

1) corticosteroid creams

Corticosteroid mometasone is the best choice because it is not resorbed and because of its medium strength. If it is unavailable, try for any other corticosteroid based product. During the 15 minute period after the initial application it reduces the skin’s immune response to a mosquito bite, soothing the unpleasant feeling and causing the particular change on the skin to disappear, usually during the same day.

2)  3% solution of boric acid

It is particularly suitable for small children who have a severe reaction to mosquito bite.

Usually used as an application of a solution soaked bandage during the 20 minutes period. Reduces redness and swelling and has antiseptic effect. In the case of a sting allergy it is always combined with the corticosteroid cream.

3)  apple cider

Soak a cotton pad in apple cider and secure it closely over the bite spot. You can stick the pad with the band-aid to fix it better. Although you will feel the burning sensation at first (especially if you did scratch it), cider should help the itching disappear.

4) aloe vera

Besides the most natural way of just taking the plant itself and simply rubbing it to the bite spot, various aloe-based gel products widely available at the pharmacies will suffice.

5)  baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Gently tap the baking soda powder around the bite spot to reduce inflammation and itching. Make sure that the skin is not previously irritated due to scratching.

6)  banana peel

You may be surprised, but the inside parts of banana peel are very effective in fighting the irritation if rubbed directly to the itchy spot.

7)  lemon

Lemon has strong antibacterial properties and is very effective with the itching problems. Whether you rub the lemon peel into the problematic spot or you squeeze a few drops of lemon juice to the painful spots, it’s important to use these methods only if your skin is not going to be exposed to direct sunlight.

8) honey

Honey acts as a natural antibiotic and it is recommended to spread some amount on critical spots.

9) ice cubes

Ice reduces swelling and redness. It also blocks the histamine from getting deeper under the skin.

 

Important note: Persons allergic to mosquito bite should seek assistance from the

dermatologist because these methods are often not enough to prevent a violent

reaction.