Everyone knows how it feels to have been feasted on by mosquitos and be covered in red, itchy bumps which cause irritation and discomfort. The itching that occurs after a bite by a mosquito - or any other bug - is your body’s unique reaction to the event.
Our body’s natural reaction towards an anticoagulant is to create histamines and send them to the affected area. It is the histamines which cause the bite to itch. It’s not the mosquito that has caused both the swelling and the itching, but your immune system. Unfortunately, the vicious cycle is that the more you scratch and itch at a mosquito bite the more histamines your body sends to the area, so the key is to try and restrain yourself from the scratching.
Fortunately for us, there are some treatments for mosquito bites which can help reduce redness, swelling and help stop that infamous itching.
These natural remedies for mosquito bites which can be made from items found around your home, and can help put an end to those sleepless nights and let you enjoy your holiday.
Toothpaste is a great treatment to help fight the annoying itch that possesses you after a mosquito bite. Add a slight dab onto a bite, and the menthol flavour from the toothpaste acts as a cooling agent keeping your mind distracted from the urge to scratch. To add to this, the astringency characteristic of toothpaste will help reduce swelling by eliminating the fluid build-up.
It may sound strange but the banana peel is another great way to treat a mosquito bite. This is due to the natural oils found in the banana skin. For this natural remedy simply rub the banana peel, flesh side down, on your mosquito bite and relax as the irritating itch fades away. You might smell a little bit like a banana, but it’s worth it to avoid that horrible itch.
Just like wasp and bee stings, ice is a great way to treat a mosquito bite. Take either an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas and place it on the mosquito bite. The cold temperature will help cool the area, reducing the redness and keeping the itching at bay. It’s not a long-term solution, but it’s an easy way to get a little bit of relief.
Did you know that aloe vera is a fantastic, natural, antiseptic agent? That’s what makes it a good natural remedy for mosquito bites. The vitamins and minerals found in aloe vera will help to reduce the pain, swelling and itching. On top of that, it will also help the bite heal faster. Either fresh aloe vera or aloe vera gel works perfectly for this home remedy. Beforehand make sure it is at a cold temperature before you apply it to your skin, simply leaving it in the fridge for 10 minutes usually does the trick. All you need to do is rub the gel into the mosquito bite and let the aloe vera do its magic.
But what about prevention?
With all of the above in mind, it’s time to make the most of mosquito repellents and keep yourself protected. From creams, wipes, sprays and bands, there are a variety of ways to ensure you’re protected, whilst you enjoy the heat. Check out our NEW range of Mosquito Repellent products, and choose the best ones for you. These have all been manufactured in the UK and tested to be highly effective against many biting insects, so they are really one-size fits all way of making sure you’re protected against pests when out there. They are natural, powerful plant-based formulations that show in testing to be as effective as synthetic chemicals but without the risk of side effects. They are moisturising to the skin, with a pleasant smell, benefit from being DEET & Alcohol-free and are even suitable for pregnant women and children as young as 6 months old.