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Effective Ways to Naturally Treat Mosquito Bites

By Mikey
Successfully sending volunteers abroad for 10 years

We recently shared an article on natural remedies to avoid mosquito bites, but sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there’s no escaping the odd bite. Mosquito bites tend to give you a small bump on the affected area that can be particularly itchy and give you some discomfort. In some parts of the world, such as Africa, mosquitoes can carry diseases like malaria and this happens when female mosquitoes bite animals and then humans to drink tiny amounts of their blood. This is something they do in order to produce their eggs. The itches you have occur due to mosquitoes leaving a small amount of saliva behind. This sets off an immune system response by prompting inflammation around the region of the bite.

Just like with the natural options for keeping mosquito bites to a minimum, there are also remedies that can help to lower the itchy discomfort you will feel if you do happen to get bitten. Below, you will be able to see some of the most effective treatments that can provide you with some rapid relief while you do your volunteer work in Kenya or another region of Africa.  

Apple Cider Vinegar

A generous application of apple cider vinegar on a mosquito bite has been proven to assist the balance the pH of the area that’s been bitten. Because apple cider vinegar happens to be less acidic than other kinds of vinegar, it makes it a reliable choice for restoring the natural pH back to the bite region. Once this happens, you’ll be relieved of the bite symptoms in no time!

A Tea Bag

Because of the natural tannins that are found in tea, it acts as an astringent and draws toxins out of the skin. This helps to decrease any discomfort that is occurring from mosquito bites. All you have to do it press a cold used English Breakfast tea bag against any bites you have and wait for the itching to subside.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil boasts a wealth of welcome antiseptic properties that will help to treat many skin-related symptoms, and mosquito bites are one of them. all you need to do is dab a small amount of the essential oil onto a makeup pad or some cotton wool, before rubbing it on the bite area. You may also want to consider alternatives such as peppermint oil or lavender as these also work well too.

Ice

Ice or even a cold pack can act as a remarkably effective remedy for pesky mosquito bites. When you apply the ice, it numbs the region and helps to keep the swelling under control. Be sure to wrap any cold compress in a tea towel first to avoid ice burns, and then press gently against the bites for several minutes, or, alternatively, for as long as you can stand the cold against your skin. Depending on your location, it might be tricky to get hold of ice, but it’s a natural option nonetheless.

Baking Soda 

Use a few drops of water along with some baking soda to mix up a paste. Once your paste is ready, you can apply it straight onto bug bites before allowing it to dry. Thanks to the alkalinity that the baking soda has, it helps to diminish the pH of bites and the area while also decrease itching.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is widely known as a reliable go-to for alleviating painful sunburn, but aloe vera can also be used to treat mosquito bites. You can either source some fresh aloe vera in supermarkets, or, if that’s not an option, you can purchase an aloe vera gel from a pharmacy.

If you decide to opt for the fresh choice, you’ll need to peel away the outer skin from the inner gel with a knife first of all. You can then either mash up the gel or just apply it to any bites you have.

With these natural remedies for dealing with mosquito bites, you can focus on enjoying your volunteering experience and forgetting about bothersome itches and discomfort.

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