How to Cure Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites on arm

Mosquito bites

Itching from mosquito bites driving you crazy? While there aren’t any “cures” for mosquito bites, we can offer suggestions for relief. If you are at home you might want to check out our list of mosquito bite itch remedies that offers relief using common things you have around your house. If you are not at home or prefer to purchase a commercial product for mosquito bites, we have compiled a list for you. Some of these products work by drying out the bite, some reduce inflammation, and some have pain relief chemicals in them. The itch is a reaction from the saliva of the mosquito that it injects into you as it feasts on your blood. There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world, about 200 of which occur in the US. Different mosquito bites can have different reactions in people due to allergies.

1. Calamine Lotion – this is what we had when I was little. This works by drying to reduce itch and irritation. Pro- it is cheap. Con- it is messy and you will have pink spots on you.
2. Caladryl – Calamine lotion plus an itch reliever. Great for all kinds of bites and stings and rashes.
3. Benadryl Cream – Pro – reduces itching because it is an antihistamine, blocking your body’s natural response to an allergen. Con’s - should not be used on children younger than two years old, or on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and some people are allergic to Benadryl and break out in worse skin irritation.
4. After Bite – Main ingredient is ammonia. There is After Bite Kids, After Bite Extra, and an After Bite stick. One of the best selling mosquito bite cures. Kids version is made from eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, baking soda, vitamin E and aloe vera.
Unconventional Mosquito Bite Cures
5. Orajel – Toothache medicine but works great for mosquito bites, stings, and anythink you need to numb. The active ingredient is benzocaine, a local anesthetic numbing the area where it is applied
6. Preparation H - constricts blood vessels, but also reduces swelling and irritation. Use it on your bites, under your eyes, and the obvious location.
7. Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil. Apply full strength. Helpful for healing cuts, burns, infections and a multitude of other skin afflictions. It is also a good antimicrobial, including fungal infections
8. Lavender Oil – Essential oil with a calming scent and lavender is also antimicrobial.
9. Peppermint Oil—Essential oil. the cooling sensation can block other sensations such as itching.

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