Don’t Scratch Mosquito Bites
First things first, don’t scratch! As tempting as it is, scratching a mosquito bite simply causes more histamine to be released which is what causes the itching in the first place. The more you scratch, the more the mosquito bite will itch.
First Wash The Mosquito bite
Before you do anything else, it is a good idea to wash the mosquito bite with soap and water if possible, although of course, if you are out on a hike, for example, this isn’t always possible.
Stop The Mosquito Bite Itching
There are a number of ways to stop the mosquito bite itching. Below are 10 that work for me and my children:
1. Anti-histamines. You can get topical and oral anti-histamines which will repress the histamine being produced and stop the itching. Topical anti-histamines are often the best bet as some oral anti-histamines can cause drowsiness. Always read the packet, follow dosage and check to make sure you are not allergic. you can buy children’s anti-histamine, usually in the form of a syrup.
2. An antiseptic cream such as Savlon or Germolene with local anesthetic will help stop the itch and also prevent infection if the top has already been scratched off.
3. Toothpaste. Sounds daft but this really works. This is great to stop night time itching in kids where they will scratch in their sleep and cause it to bleed and risk infection. Works really well as it dries over the bite and doesn’t rub off or stop working after just a few hours like some topical medications can do.
4. Calamine lotion. Always soothing to use on any kind of bite or sting.
5. Tea tree oil. A dab of tea tree oil on the bite can really help sooth the itch and it has antiseptic properties too.
6. Anbesol or Bonjela, or I guess, any other topical teething gel or liquid.
7. If they are really bad, sitting in a hot bath with baking soda or epsom salts in the water helps relieve the itch.
8. Ice. Applying ice to the bite takes away the itch. Either wrap some ice in a towel or use an ice pack. Don’t put ice directly on to children’s delicate skin, it can cause a burn.
9. A hot teaspoon or teabag. Rest the back of a hot teaspoon or teabag directly on the bite. (Not recommended for children)
10. For quick, instant relief, albeit not very long lived, rub a baby wipe over the bite. It should alleviate the itching for around 10 minutes, enough time to nip back to the cabin for your forgotten anti-histamine, perhaps.
Other Mosquito Bite Remedies
Other people swear by putting one of the following directly on the bite: honey, lemon juice, basil leaves, a mix of crushed aspirin and water, rubbing alcohol, and salt water.
What about you, what methods do you use to stop mosquito bites itching?