Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Mosquitoes are dependent on human blood for reproduction. Male mosquitoes do not feed on human as their requirements are fulfilled by plant nectars or other sweets present in the plants. Female mosquitoes bite and feed human blood. They use blood proteins for egg production. They cause symptoms like itching, swelling, rashes, pain and even bleeding on scratching. A mosquito bite is represented by small-raised red bumps that disappear in one or two days by itself. Mosquitoes are vectors of various diseases like malaria, chicken guinea, dengue, and many others. They carry parasites of these diseases and inject them on the skin through their saliva during their bites.

How Do You Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites Overnight?

Mosquito bites cause swelling, rashes on the bitten area, itching and bleeding on scratching. There are many ways that can help you to get rid of mosquito bites overnight; these are-

Washing The Area- the best way to treat mosquito bites is to wash the skin with soap and water soon after the bite. You can also wash it with water mixed with alcohol to have a good result.

Use Of Baking Soda- baking soda acts remarkably on the skin as it can neutralize the pH of the skin making it more alkaline. This relieves the itchiness resulted from mosquito bites.

Use Of Epsom Salt- Epsom salt assist in relieving the problems related to mosquito bites. Having Epsom salt bath or applying a paste prepared from water and Epsom salt on affected areas can improve the condition remarkably.

Rubbing Alcohol- alcohol has antiseptic properties that can reduce irritation on the skin resulted from mosquito bites. It can decrease the intensity of the allergic reaction by remarkably reducing the swelling and itching. Soak a small amount of alcohol in a cotton ball and rub it on the affected skin.

Application Of Aloe Vera Gel- aloe vera gel has natural healing properties to heal skin ailments. It can also manage itching, swelling and pain induced by mosquito bites. The gel can be extracted from the leaf of aloe vera plant. It can be applied on the skin for 15 minutes or overnight to get better results.

Use Of Aspirin Paste- aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties. When it is applied to mosquito bites, it reduces the swelling. It is suggested to apply thick aspirin paste on the bump for few hours and wash it with warm water. Another method is to wet and rub aspirin tablet on the affected area. It will also control swelling.

Ice Application- ice application has a remarkable impact on the swelling and itching caused by any inflammatory causes. You apply ice wrapped in a cloth on mosquito bites for 10-15 minutes. It will reduce swelling and itching. A cold bottle can be kept on the affected area in case of non-availability of ice. This also helps in the reduction of swelling.

Application Of Tea Tree Oil- tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic properties and health of the skin. It can cure any bacterial infections and even mosquito bites. The diluted form of tea tree oil can be applied on the affected skin even sensitive skin as it can reduce irritation and itching.

Use Of Calamine Lotion- calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can be applied on the skin. It reduces itching. Calamine moisturizer has zinc oxide and ferric oxide that reduces itching. Hydrocortisone has 1% of steroids that can relieve itching.

Application Of Toothpaste- toothpaste is applied to the affected skin and reduces itching. It is easily available in the home and can be applied anytime on the skin as it usually contains menthol and baking soda.

Conclusion

Mosquito bites swell up as a bump soon after the bite due to an allergic reaction against the saliva of the mosquito. They can be reduced by immediate washing, application of ice, alcohol, aloe vera gel, aspirin paste, and others discussed above.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 16, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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