TREATING A BUG BITE NATURALLY AND EFFECTIVELY
As summer starts and the weather warms up, we spend more time outside. Mosquitoes also have the same idea and think we are their all you can eat buffet. Tons of fun for them, not so much for us as we are left with itchy bites and red welts.
Say Goodbye to That Itch! Use one of these remedies to soothe the bite.
- Green Tea
Keep a used tea bag in a small plastic bag in your fridge and use it as a compress immediately after a bug bite. The compounds in the tea will reduce inflammation, while the cold will help soothe the itch.
Apply an ice pack to the spot for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for the first 6 hours to help relieve pain, itching, and swelling. Always put a cloth between your skin and the ice pack to prevent irritating the skin any further. In between icing, put a cool, wet cloth on the skin for sweet relief.
If you have received a number of bites, a soak in the tub could be the best solution. Put a cup of oats in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder, and pulse until ground into a fine powder. Pour the powder into running, warm bath water, evenly distributing the oatmeal throughout the water. Then, take a dip—about 15 to 20 minutes will do—to lock moisture into the skin and alleviate itching.
Menthol, which is found in many toothpastes is a natural analgesic and relieve the pain. Plus, menthol has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling while it provides a cooling sensation to the skin.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve the discomfort of bug bites and stings. Break off a leaf and rub the juicy flesh on the itchy spot for immediate comfort.
- Baking Soda
A paste of baking soda and water applied to the site of a bite can neutralize the itch and ease discomfort. First, mix up some baking soda and water in a 2:1 ratio, then thoroughly wash the affected area and apply the paste to the bite.
- Rubbing Alcohol
Regardless of the type of bug bite you’ve received, it’s a good practice to wash it and swab the sore with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will not only cool the skin and provide some relief, but it will also help prevent infection.
If you’re in the outdoors without access to any of these home remedies, elevating the area that’s sustained a bug bite or sting will help decrease the swelling, and as a result may provide some relief from inflammatory discomfort.