What causes mosquito bites to itch?
Everyone gets mosquito bites in the summer. The red, itchy bump that swells up after being bitten by the pesky bug. Did you know that only the female mosquito bites you and feeds on your blood? This is because the blood is needed to feed her future babies. Anyhow, when she digs her needle-like mouth into your skin, she also leaks some anti-coagulant that our bodies are naturally allergic to. To cope with the allergic reaction, our skin tries to fight back and you get the famous mosquito bite.
Here at getridofthebad.com, we are going to discuss some things you can do to stop your mosquito bite from itching any more. There are various techniques one can use to prevent itching ranging from glue sticks to hot spoons, if one technique doesn’t work then just move on to the next one. Eventually you will find a cure to remedy your bite. So you want immediate results on your bug bite? There are tons of effective natural home remedies found that can help ease the pain and stop the itch of your bug bite fast!
One of the most favorite remedy of a mosquito bite is to use a hot spoon. First, simply take a normal teaspoon and run it under some warm water. Do not use hot water or a flame to heat the spoon! Too much heat can cause a burn, and we only want enough heat to denature the proteins in the anti-coagulant. Anti-coagulant is a chemical that stops the blood from clotting which allows the mosquito to drink your blood freely. This method takes literally 5 minutes and will stop the itching of most bites, including flea and chiggers.
Baking soda and ammonia
A very simple method of just mixing one tablespoon of baking soda to two cups of water. This paste will become mushy and you just apply to the swelled area with a Q-tip, cotton ball or popsicle stick to dry. After dry, just wash off the paste with warm water and the itching should be relieved. Many reveal this method to be the secret trick that can get rid of any bug bite overnight.
There are many different uses of vinegar to solve this problem.
The first method is mixing apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a very clean compound that you can buy from Amazon for about $10. It is generally used as a face mask to remove impurities and other toxins from your face to decrease acne. However, we can use it to remedy our mosquito bites too! Take some bentonite clay and mix it with apple cider vinegar until you get a nice paste. Put the paste onto your mosquito bite and allow to the mud to dry about 15 minutes. After the mud has hardened, just wash it off and you should feel relief immediately.
Another to get rid of mosquito bites quickly involves using just regular old vinegar. The acidity of vinegar can help reduce the painful bite. Simply just soak a cotton ball in vinegar and place the wet cotton ball onto the bug bite. Hold it there for 10 minutes or tape it on if you are too lazy to hold it. 10 minutes later: no more itching! Try other types of vinegar such as rice vinegar and balsamic vinegar too.
Now this is probably the easiest way to relieve the problem. Just find any way to apply heat to the area. Take a warm bath or a steamy hot shower. Run some hot water over a wash cloth and leave it on the area for a while. Some people even use a blow dryer.
The idea is to heat up the proteins in the bite that they will die, or become denatured. Never use so much heat that you end up getting third degree burns, but make sure that it is warm enough to actually kill what the mosquito left behind.
This is definitely the strangest and unusual technique. Gel toothpaste will not work. All you have to do is dab some toothpaste on your finger and rub it over the bite right before you go to bed. Led the toothpaste dry overnight and when you wake up there should be no more itching. Wash off the crusted toothpaste by taking a warm shower and you’ll be golden.
A common glue stick. Just simply rub the glue stick onto your mosquito bite and it will create a boundary to prevent oxygen getting to the bite. This method works great for most people since anyone can carry around a glue stick in their pocket without being bulky or questioned.
Essential oils and honey
Try using lavender oil. Dab a few dots of lavender oil from an eyedropper onto the bite and you will feel relief very quickly.
Tea tree oil can be used for a numerous number of other illness and annoyances. It is great for mosquito bites as well. Simply apply a dot onto your mosquito bite. Be careful though, if your bite has been scratched and is an open wound, it will burn!
Ahh, the all-too-well known Aloe Vera plant. Yes, this too will work. If you don’t have an Aloe Vera plant, I advise you to purchase one as there are many things they can be helpful with. Just break off a leaf from the plant and rub the gel produced onto your red bumpy bite.
Witch hazel is not known in most cities, but it is used widely for many natural home remedies. It is a deciduous shrub and can be used to sooth inflamed skin. The leaves and bark can be used to produce a chemical that shrinks body tissues. Perfect for the swelled skin of a mosquito victim.
Crush some basil leaves if you have access to them and apply to the area of pain. I have found that fresh basil works best. Local honey can also be used to spread on a bite and make it feel better quickly. I recommend taking a teaspoon of local honey at night and when one wakes up daily for best results, and I have found this helps immensely with mosquito bites on the face.
Lemon or lime juice can also help. The citric acid of the fruit can get rid of the itching, but beware of open bites as they will burn if citric acid gets in them. Some aboriginals used bananas to cure their itching. Simply take a banana and rub your finger along the inside of the peel to pick up the oil and juice from the banana. Then transfer the oils onto your bite and you will be cured! Cutting up raw onions and potatoes have also been known to work.
Does making an “X” on your mosquito bite make it not itch?
Almost everyone, when they were little, would use their fingernail to mark a cross, or “X”, on their bug bite to make it stop itching. It worked too! See, there may not be so much science to this method, but because of cognitive biases, since we thought it would work… it did! This is actually a placebo we are doing to ourselves. The pain sensing nerves in the area are reduced due to stimulation and your brain simply forgets about itching pain and focuses on the pain produced by marking a plus. Quite literally, the pressure sensation of your fingernail overrides the itching sensation of your mosquito bite. Learning how to get rid of these itchy bites fast can be as simple as tricking your brain into thinking it’s not there.
Preventing future mosquito bites
Now, moving on to what we should have started with. Preventing mosquito bites in the first place will avoid having to do all of these odd remedies and techniques. There are many natural mosquito repellents that you can do at home, as well as some industrial cures to mosquito problems. As a review, follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites:
Wear long pants
Wear long sleeved shirts
Stay away from areas where there may be standing water
Apply personal mosquito repellent
Avoid going outside at sunset
Remove standing water pools
Purchase a citronella candle
Don’t drink alcohol
Long clothing is a given, as most mosquitoes can’t bite through jeans. Another tip is to get rid of standing water. In the summer, mosquito larvae actually need water to survive and if there is standing water there will be mosquito larvae. Remove or dump standing water in pots, pools, and buckets. Also, purchase some mosquito repellent. It is generally pretty cheap and they can manufacture it so it doesn’t smell so bad. Stay inside at dusk since this is the time that most mosquitoes will be flying around feeding. Citronella candles can be very helpful and have been proven to rid mosquitoes. And one last tip, stay away from beer. Studies have found that mosquitoes are attracted to hosts that have been drinking more than sober victims.