Here’s How To Treat Those Itchy Mosquito Bites

It’s an exciting time when summer rolls around, but with the new season can come its fair share of nuisances – like pesky mosquito bites. Spending time outside is great, but no one likes to get covered in incessantly itchy red spots. The best way to avoid the itch and the sting is to prevent getting bit in the first place by keeping yourself covered and using insect repellant, but if it’s too late, here are five ways to relieve discomfort from your insect bites.

1. Cold Compress

First place a cold compress or ice pack on your bites. This can help reduce pain and swelling.

2. Hydrocortisone Cream

Using a hydrocortisone cream is a great way to provide relief for itching. This type of cream has anti-inflammatory effects and not just symptomatic relief.

3. Calamine Lotion

Apply calamine lotion to your bites to reduce itching. The lotion contains the active ingredient zinc oxide, which can help relieve itchiness.

4. White Vinegar

Make use of some ingredients at home by utilizing household white vinegar. It can not only relieve itching, but act as a natural insect repellent.

5. Aloe Vera

Although we usually think of treating sunburns when we think of aloe vera, the plant can also be used for insect bites as well. Aloe vera has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which can ease itchiness and swelling.

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