It is getting hot throughout New Orleans and that means mosquitoes will be out in force soon. Mosquito bites do not only itch, but you could contract dangerous diseases including the West Nile Virus. After a mosquito has bitten you, you’ll most likely find a red welt on your skin. That bump will start itching and it seems the more you scratch, the more it itches. Female mosquitoes bite you to feed of your blood. When a mosquito bites you, it injects some of its own saliva. The saliva contains an anticoagulant, which prevents your blood from clotting. The proteins trigger your immune system. In order to fight those foreign substances, your body releases histamine which causes the itching and swelling around the bite.
Some people swear that fresh Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera gel works perfectly as a home remedy for mosquito bites. According to some people, Aloe Vera not only eases itching and inflammation, but will also help heal the wound. If you have a fresh Aloe leaf, apply the fresh cut inner part of the leaf directly to the bite. You can also use some cream or gel infused with Aloe.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another option that works for some people to ease irritation from mosquito bites. Hold a cotton ball, you dipped in the vinegar, to the bite mark. If you have a lot of mosquito bites, you can also try adding a few cups of vinegar to a bath and soak until the itching goes away. If you do not have apple cider vinegar in the house, try some other vinegar it should have the same effect.
Rubbing alcohol is one of the most popular remedies for mosquito bites. It has a cooling effect when it dries. This may help relieve some of the itching from a mosquito bite. Be careful not to use too much alcohol as it can irritate the skin.
This has been a favorite of moms everywhere. It is a mixture of zinc oxide and iron oxide and works as a cooling, all-purpose soother. In a 1992 press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it found no proof showing calamine was effective in treating bug bites and mosquito bites, stings, and rashes, however, some doctors still recommend it.
An Unconventional Idea
If you do not have any vinegar, rubbing alcohol, calamine lotion, or Aloe Vera gel in your house, try putting some spit on the pesky little mosquito bites. We have heard from multiple sources that your saliva will provide some relief, and at least it is a body fluid so it won’t hurt you or cause any allergic reaction.