Anyone who has gotten a mosquito bite knows how the itching remains long after the mosquito has finished the meal. Scratching the bite can cause swelling and infection. Here are some simple ways to relieve the itching and pain caused by mosquito bites. You will soon be ready to venture outside again, this time with bug spray.
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Step 1: Place some ice in a zip seal plastic bag and apply this homemade ice pack to the bite. The ice will reduce swelling and numb the area, decreasing itching.
Step 2: To soothe skin and reduce itching, use a cotton ball to apply calamine lotion to the bite. This can be repeated whenever a bite becomes itchy.
Step 3: To reduce redness while lessening itchiness, apply anti-inflammatory hydrocortisone cream as directed. This may also aid in healing, especially if you have already scratched the bite.
Step 4: Try over the counter antihistamines like cetirizine, loratadine, chlorpheniramine maleate, or diphenhydramine.
Step 5: The toothache reliever Orajel contains an effective temporary numbing agent that will relieve itching, so dab some on the bite as needed.
Step 6: Using a clean butter knife, press down and then make an “x” on the bite. This spreads the protein within the bite and temporarily stops the itching.
Step 7: Put a small circular bandage tightly over the bite. This should completely stop the itching until it is removed.
Step 8: Run a washcloth under very hot water and then place it directly onto the bite. Whenever itching flares up again, repeat this process, making the water as hot as you can tolerate.