You know the situation all too well. You’re enjoying a campout or backyard barbeque when all of a sudden you’re overcome by the urge to scratch. Those darn mosquitos have gotten ahold of you and turned an enjoyable evening into an itchy disaster.
Luckily, there are some tricks you can keep up your sleeve to stop mosquito bites from raining on your parade. Give some of these techniques a try next time you got an itch to scratch:
As soon as you recognize a mosquito bite, clean the wound with rubbing alcohol. This will clean up the chemicals from the bite that cause itching, and can prevent a bite from getting any worse.
The cooling effect from rubbing alcohol can also relieve the pain and itching while it dries. However, be careful not to over do it. Applying too much alcohol to your skin can dry it out and make it even more irritated.
A cold pad will help reduce the inflammation caused by a mosquito bite. Additionally, the cold can numb the bite, staving off the itchiness that would otherwise drive you crazy.
If you don’t have a cold pad handy, almost anything from the freezer should do fine in a pinch. Some ice cubes in a plastic bag or even a bag of frozen vegetables will reduce the inflammation of a fresh bite. Just make sure not to put too much cold on your direct skin, so grab a dish towel to protect your skin if necessary.
To fight inflammation from the inside, take an antihistamine, or allergy pill. This type of medication battles the effects of a mosquito bite, which is essentially just an allergic reaction.
You don’t need a prescription unless you suffer from really bad reactions. Everything else you can get over-the-counter. Benadryl is a common brand people keep in handy in case of a bad allergic reaction.
If you don’t have the tools you need or want to try something more natural, there are some home remedies you can experiment with.
For example, honey has been proven to be helpful when treating bug bites. It has some antibacterial properties, can reduce inflammation, and can even fight off infection. Plus, it’s delicious
Oatmeal is another natural remedy that’s worth giving a try if you just can’t scratch that itch. An oatmeal paste is helpful in many of the same ways honey can be. If you have a ton of bug bites after a weekend of camping, try an oatmeal bath for some much needed relief.
Of course, the best way to stop mosquito bites in the first place is to get rid of them entirely. Take some preventative measures to keep mosquitos at bay and you’ll have fewer itchy bites to worry about this summer.
PF Harris’ Mosquito Fogger can be used both indoors and outdoors. It provides eight full hours of protection against pesky biting insects, allowing you to enjoy your summer fun mosquito free.
Don’t let mosquitoes get the best of you. Try these itch relieving tips next time one of them gets you and keep the summer fun going strong.