Insect bites and stings may be irritating, painful, or frightening but they are usually harmless and not a cause of concern unless you have an allergic reaction. In summer, mosquito bites are quite common but they are unlikely to cause any complications. Sometimes, the bite creates a bump which is usually sore, swollen, or itchy. Here are some natural remedies relieving stinging, itching, and swelling:
Ice works by constricting the blood vessels and inhibiting the spread of histamine that triggers an allergic reaction. Just take an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas and apply it on the affected area for nearly 15 minutes every couple of hours or as required.
2-Peppermint Essential Oil:
Peppermint essential oil can be used as a prevention spray and can also soothe bug bites. You can pour a few drops of the oil in those places of your home where you think there might be an infestation. You can also use it if you think you came in contact with bugs. As a precautionary measure, you can dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as almond oil and apply it on any exposed skin to protect yourself from bug bites.
Another way to soothe uncomfortable insect bite is to use oatmeal as it has compounds that can relieve swelling and itching. You can make an oatmeal paste by mixing equal amounts of water and oatmeal. Place the paste inside a washcloth and hold it against the irritated skin for nearly 10 minutes. Rinse the area with water afterward.
4-Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender oil is very soothing and calming and that’s why it is effective for providing relief. It has been known to calm down inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, wounds, and minor burns and can reduce inflammation and itching very quickly. Apply one to two drops of lavender essential oil to the affected areas and re-apply as required.
Honey has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be used to treat ailments such as bumps and bruises. Apply a small amount of honey to the affected area to reduce inflammation.
If the itching from a mosquito bite is unbearable, just apply toothpaste to it. Mosquitoes release an anticoagulant into your body which lets them suck on your blood without being detected and your body reacts by creating and sending histamines to the bitten areas. This is why that part of the skin feels itchy and the bite marks swell. Apply a minty toothpaste which has menthol to the affected area to benefit from its cooling and soothing properties. Toothpaste has astringent properties and it can prevent the bite from swelling further.
Consult a doctor if you had an allergic reaction to an insect bite. You can book an appointment with top dermatologists in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3250-0444 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.