A mosquito bite causes prickly pain and itching along with swelling and inflammation. People start itching which increases the size of the bumps and redness. The body reaction is towards the release of histamine, so doctors may advise histamine but the response will take time to act. Antihistamines may be helpful when you have a planned visit to the mosquito-prone area. The itching cause pain and discomfort and one would want to get rid of it sooner the itching may be relieved in some time, but the swelling can last up to 4 hours. Heat and excess carbon dioxide attract more mosquitoes. People who are overweight or obese and pregnant women release more carbon dioxide, which sends an indication to the mosquitoes and more will come to suck your blood.

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What Helps Mosquito Bites Stop Itching Fast?

Following measures can be taken to stop itching fast:

Stop Itching. When a mosquito, the most immediate response of humans towards it is to scratch. The histamine release causing itching and send signals to the brain to scratch the area. The scratching increases the inflammation in the already inflamed area. Once you start scratching, it will further release histamine causing you to scratch further, which may result in an infected wound. Try not to scratch the area and be patient. This itself will cause a mosquito bite to stop itching faster.

Application Of Ice. The bitten area is inflamed; washing it with cold water with a mild soap can help you to stop itching. Alternatively, you can apply an ice pack to reduce the discomfort. Take a neat cloth, put ice it in and wrap it around the area.

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There are a number of home ingredients which can be used to control the itch and swelling immediately

Basil Leaves. Having basil plants in your backyard can help you in preventing the breeding of mosquitoes and also if mosquito bites, rub few basil leaves on the bumps. This relieves itching immediately.

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Aloe Vera. This is a remedy for a number of skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe vera produce a soothing and cooling effect on the inflamed skin. You can cut the Aloe vera and apply directly on the skin.

Onion. When a mosquito bites, cut and apply onion on the affected area and keep it for 10 mins. Remove onion and wash-off with running water.

Thyme. This herb is an ingredient of many dishes. It possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. Thyme can be applied along with ice0cube to get the benefit of its natural cooling effect. You can also cut thyme leaves and apply it on the bite.

Oatmeal. Your breakfast meal can help you relieve itching and swelling. Mix equal portions of oatmeal and water and apply it as a paste. If you have a number of mosquito bites then take an oatmeal bath for 20 mins.

Moisturizers. The cooling effect reduces the itch. Calamine lotion can be applied which reduces inflammation.

Honey. This is another home ingredient which has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties which reduces itching and prevents infection, but it has its disadvantages. Honey is sweet and sticky in nature which further attracts more mosquitoes.

Few people also find baking soda, lemon juice, toothpaste, and vinegar effective in reducing itching but these ingredients also produce side-effects such as burning sensation and dry skin.

It is always advised to avoid mosquitoes by taking precautionary measures. Mosquito bite not only causes inconvenience, but it is also responsible for the spread of deadly infections. There have been many deaths across the globe due to mosquito-transmitted infections. When you have been to a place infested with mosquito and develop symptoms of infection such as fever, chills, headache, and dizziness consult a physician immediately.

Conclusion

Mosquito bite itch can be stopped faster by simple home remedies and techniques. The first thumb rule is to avoid scratching and application of cold water or crushed ice. Easily available home ingredients such as basil leaves, Aloe vera, onion, thyme, and honey.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 20, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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