How to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching
You're laying in bed and you hear that distinctive high pitched buzzing of a mosquito. Suddenly it stops and you know it's landed on you, you just don't know where. Then you feel that slight stinging and SMACK! You killed it. You know it's going to start itching and never, ever stop. Well, here are some tips to help stop mosquito bites from itching.
This is one of the worst parts about summer if you ask me. Sometimes in my neighborhood, the bugs are so bad and no amount of bug spray, citronella candles, skeeter beater, or raid is going to make them go away. I can't believe we actually pay the city to spray for mosquitoes. Talk about a waste of money. So, how do you make them stop itching? Well, not scratching them in the first place is the best remedy but they itch so much and the more you scratch the more they itch and it's just a vicious circle. Try these tips.
Ivory is best, so keep a bar of soap and a spray bottle handy. Spritz your skin with water and then gently rub the area with a little bit of soap and spritz again.
After you get a bite, hold an ice cube or an ice pack over the bite. Holding your ice cold drink over the bite area will work, too. For children, wrap the ice cube in a paper towel. Placing the ice cube directly on a child's delicate skin could cause a burn.
Seriously. Make a paste of one teaspoon of water and one teaspoon dry meat tenderizer. Apply to the area several times a day until the bump goes away.
Scotch Tape and Rubbing Alcohol
Take a QTip with some rubbing alcohol on it and run it over the bite. Place a piece of scotch tape over the area to prevent scratching it open.
Crush up one aspirin and a few drops of water. Mix into a paste and apply directly to the bite.
Store bought remedies work just fine. Cortisone 10, Calydryl, Orajel, Anbesol, and Preparation H have all been known to work. One sort of pre-treatment that's suggested by the Mayo Clinic is taking vitamins. Taking 75 to 150 milligrams of vitamin B-1 or thiamin as it's also known may actually change your scent and make you less attractive to mosquitoes.
Do you have any creative remedies for making mosquito bites less itchy?