Even after using various home remedies to keep mosquitoes at bay, there are some brave hearts that will escape all the barriers and still bite you. You will not feel the bite when it happens, but the after effects could be very harmful. Mosquito bites lead to skin infection, bruising, skin rashes, swelling and itchiness. Fatal diseases such as dengue and malaria also result due to mosquito bite. You can get rid of mosquito bites with the help of natural remedies in your house. Check them out.
Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites
Lemon has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties which work well on the skin after a mosquito bite. Just cut a lemon and rub the slice on the affected area. It reduces itchiness and swelling instantly.
- Or else, extract the juice of lemon and rub it on the affected area to reduce the chances of developing an infection later on.
Mince some garlic and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for some time and then wash it off. This remedy will reduce the swelling and itchiness caused due to mosquito bite.
Place an onion slice on the infected area for 8-10 minutes. Then wash off the area with water.
4. Baking Soda
Since baking soda is alkaline in nature, it makes the pH of the skin neutral, which provides relief from itchiness. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water and stir well. Now take a large piece of cotton or washcloth and dip it in the water. Place this cloth or cotton on the affected area of your skin and keep it for about half an hour. This remedy soothes the irritated skin.
Salt has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a miracle remedy for mosquito bites. Add a few drops of water in salt, and directly apply this paste on the affected area.
Ice, if applied onto the skin immediately after the mosquito bite, stops inflammation and itchiness by making the particular area numb. Direct application of ice could be extremely chilly, so it’s better to wrap some ice cubes in a cloth and put this cloth on the affected area.
7. Cold Water
If you don’t want to use ice, resort to cold water. Just take a bottle of chilled water from the fridge and hold it on the area bitten by the mosquito. Or else, hold the affected area under running tap water. It will give you instant relief and soothe the itchiness.
8. White Vinegar
Pour a few drops of white vinegar on the affected area. It will help ease swelling and inflammation.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on the mosquito bitten area. The pain and the itchiness will automatically stop bothering you after some time.
10. Corn Flour
Make a thick paste by mixing corn flour and apple cider vinegar. Then apply it on the mosquito bite. Wait till the paste completely dries up and then wash it off with warm water. It will give you instant relief.
Just dab a little toothpaste on the mosquito bite. Leave it for a couple of hours. Do not wash it off immediately. Initially, you may experience itchiness, but it will reduce with time. Finally, wash it off in cold water.
Note – Do not use gel toothpaste.
You can use any mint-based mouthwash. The soothing properties of mint will diminish itchiness and swelling.
You can also go for the deodorant or the perfumes that you use. Spray some deodorant or perfume on the affected area and let it stand for a couple of hours. Then wash it off. It will pacify the irritated skin.
14. Baby Powder
Baby powders are very mild in nature. Apply some baby powder and then cover it up by tying a soft cloth or plastic. Keep this overnight. The baby powder dries out the toxin, in this way provides relief to the skin.
15. Mild Soap
You can also use a mild soap and water to wash the affected area immediately after the mosquito bite. It will put off itchiness and prevent the infection from spreading.
Note – Be gentle on your skin. Do not use a very strong or harsh soap. It will only increase the irritation and itchiness.
Mud works really well on mosquito bites and provides an immediate cooling sensation to the skin. Apply mud pack on the area and cover it with a bandage. Let it dry. After it’s dried, wash off with cold water.
Take the shell of an egg. Extract its membrane and apply it on the affected area. Wash it off after some time. It will detoxify the skin and provide respite from itchiness.
18. Honey and Oatmeal
Honey has amazing benefits for skin. Oatmeal too does not lag far behind in the race. Mix oatmeal with a few drops of honey and apply it on the affected area. Keep it on for some time. Rinse off with cold water.
19. Blow Dryer
The blow dryer that rescues the hair when they need a lift also comes to the rescue when you have a mosquito bite. Blow the affected area with the blow dryer and hold it there for some time. It will not only provide instant relief by reducing the itching sensation of the area, but will also disperse the histamines acquired from the mosquito bites.
20. A Warm Spoon
If you do not have a blow dryer, take a spoon from the kitchen and hold it directly over the flame. Or you can dip the spoon for a couple of minutes in hot water so that the spoon heats up fast. Remove the spoon and let it stand for ten to fifteen seconds, and then press the spoon against the area bitten by the mosquito. Remember not to press the spoon immediately after removing it from the heat. Repeat this process for 4-5 times until the irritation, swelling and itchiness completely stops.
21. Hot Compress
Dip a washcloth in a bowl of hot water. Squeeze out the excess water. Put the cloth on the bite. Repeat it 2-3 times to draw out the toxins.
22. Nail Polish
You can also use clear nail polish on the mosquito bite. Put 2-3 coats of the nail polish over the mosquito bite. It will work in the same way as any deodorant or perfume would. Cover the area to keep it away from dust and germs. The spirit present in nail polish will soothe the irritation.
Note – Do not use this remedy for children below 8 years since their skin is too soft, and the spirit of nail polish may cause harm.
23. Banana Peel
Immediately after you get a mosquito bite, start rubbing a banana peel continuously for 10-15 minutes. Gradually it will soothe the area and reduce itchiness.
24. Rubbing Alcohol
Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol on mosquito bite to get relief from the discomfort.
25. Calamine Lotion
Apply calamine lotion to soothe the itchy mosquito bite.
The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin work effectually against toxins and sting of the mosquito bite. All you need to do is crush an aspirin, add a few drops of water and apply this paste on the infected skin.
27. Vanilla Extract
Apply some vanilla extract on your skin to keep the mosquitoes away from your skin. The potent smell of this extract works as insect repellent and drive them away.
28. Hydrogen Peroxide
Soak a cotton ball with three percent of hydrogen peroxide and rub it onto the affected area, in order to reduce itching and pain.
29. Hand Sanitizer
Use hand sanitizer to prevent further infection. Take a drop of sanitizer, and apply it onto the bite; leave it on for a few minutes.
30. Meat Tenderizer
Take 1 tsp each of meat powder and water. Mix them to prepare a paste. Apply the paste on the mosquito bite and leave it for some time. It prevents redness and itchiness and neutralizes the chemicals present in the saliva of insect.
Note – Don’t apply meat tenderizer on the sensitive skin.
Lick your finger and rub this wet finger onto the affected area. This is the best solution to heal the bitten skin naturally.
Apply ketchup onto the bitten area and leave it for a few minutes. Ketchup or sauce is acidic in nature and can alter the pH of skin.
Herbal Remedies for Mosquito Bites
Here are some natural remedies to treat mosquito bites.
33. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera encloses a lot of benefits for the skin. Its antiseptic properties help heal the mosquito bite fast. Take an aloe vera plant and cut it to extract the gel. Refrigerate this gel for about half an hour and then rub it directly on the affected area. You can also use readymade aloe vera gel for this purpose.
34. Basil Leaves
Crush some basil leaves and add some lemon juice to it. Apply this mixture on the mosquito bite to soothe the itchiness.
35. Tea Tree Oil
Rub 1-2 drops of tea tree oil directly on the mosquito bite. Its antiseptic properties will reduce the itchiness.
36. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is the best natural remedy for mosquito bite. Just apply a few drops of the oil on the affected area. Other essential oils that can be used to serve the purpose are rosemary and cedar oil.
37. Witch Hazel
Dilute a small quantity of witch hazel with water. Use it on the infected skin.
Take some juicy plantain leaves and massage them on the bite. Or else, you can mix the leaves with witch hazel and use as a soothing wash. It reduces the irritation very quickly.
Apply some crushed peppermint leaves onto the bitten area to get instant relief.
- Wash the bite as soon as you notice it.
- Prevent the accumulation of water in your home and surrounding areas, in order to check breeding of mosquitoes. You are required to change water in store containers, birdbaths, and wading pools from time to time.
- Repair holes in windows and door screens.
- Wear full sleeve clothes when you go outdoors.
- Never scratch a mosquito bite with dirty hands, as it will aggravate the infection.
- Do not use any product on children without doctor’s recommendation. Since children have very soft skin, they tend to show signs of mosquito bites faster than adults. Their skin may immediately swell up. In that case, it is always advised to use baby powder instead of perfumes, deodorants, and nail polish.