Natural remedies that soothe mosquito bites

Posted by on October 13, 2011 at 7:03 am.

Mosquito bites

Despite the preventative methods available to keep mosquito’s away, at times these pests still manage to feast on  untreated skin. The resulting irritation can be extremely uncomfortable for some people.

Do all mosquitos bite?

Females are the only mosquitos that bite. Human blood contains isoleucine, which she needs to make her eggs. Blood is required for its survival. As the mosquito bites, she injects a small amount of her saliva into the victims blood. Her saliva works as an anesthetic that stops the blood from clotting, and it numbs the victims skin. The human body react defensively to the protein mixed with her saliva, which manifests itself by the telltale itching and the bumps.

Do not scratch the itch

Never scratch a mosquito bite since doing this can make the irritation worse. In some cases, it can lead to infection, skin discoloration, or scar formation. The next time an annoying mosquito  launches a successful attack fight the itch with a natural anti-itch remedy that soothes the mosquito bite. These natural remedies are gentle, kid friendly, good for the environment, and most people will have some of the items in their home.

Natural remedies for mosquito bites – Apply directly to area

  • Leaf from aloe vera plant
  • Lime
  • Vinegar
  • Banana peel
  • Ice to the bite
  • Clean with soap
  • Apply two drops of lavender essential oil

References

  1. Department of Environmental Science and Technology: Taking a Bite Out of Mosquito Research

 

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