Summertime means a great deal of time spent outside, however, a mosquito bump can be a true buzzkill. It seems like these types of bites are inevitable, and the scratching can drive you crazy until it heals. AIS has compiled some tips and tricks on how to both prevent the bites and how to alleviate them when they do happen.
Mosquitoes require water in which to breed, so carefully drain any and all sources of standing water around your house and yard, including pet bowls, gutters, garbage and recycling bins, spare tires, bird baths and so on.
Light colored, loose fitting clothing offer the greatest protection.
While most people try using commercial repellents, there are more natural elements to repel the annoying bugs.
How to Treat Bites:
1. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is a common household antiseptic that can be used to relieve irritation caused by mosquito bites and reduce the chance of developing an infection. Put a small amount of alcohol on a cotton ball and rub it onto the affected skin area. Initially it may sting a little, but you will soon feel relief from the itching and swelling. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, you can use mouthwash that contains a high amount of alcohol or vodka.
When you first notice the itchy bite, try applying a small amount of vinegar directly to the bump. If you have many bites, you may want to take a very hot bath in a tub filled with water and 2 1/2 cups of vinegar. Apple cider tends to work the best with any type of bites.
You should apply a topical corticosteroid (1% hydrocortisone) that is available over the counter several times a day until symptoms subside. Corticosteroids combat inflammation, decrease redness and relieve itchiness. At times, a stronger prescription topical corticosteroid may be needed. Visit your doctor if ice or the OTC corticosteroid cream doesn’t help lower inflammation or itch.
Mosquito bites can be a summertime nuisance, however, with some simple steps and household products, you can quickly help to alleviate the itch.
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