How to remove mosquito bites quickly?
Mosquito bites often result in a small bump that can be itchy and uncomfortable. Home remedies include applying ice, honey, or aloe vera to reduce irritation. Methods of prevention include using mosquito repellent and covering exposed skin.
In some parts of the world, mosquitoes can carry diseases. In the United States, it is unlikely that a mosquito bite will cause a disease. However, more disease-carrying mosquitoes are spreading to the U.S. due to factors, such as climate change. This means that the climate in some areas of the U.S. has become a suitable environment for some mosquitoes to live.
Female mosquitoes bite animals and humans to drink tiny amounts of their blood, which they need to produce their eggs. The itch that develops occurs because mosquitoes leave a small amount of saliva behind, and a person’s immune system responds by triggering inflammation in the area. This often causes an itchy, uncomfortable bump to develop.
Home remedies can help reduce the itchiness and discomfort of a mosquito bite. In this article, we examine six treatments that could bring quick relief.
Cold temperatures slow the rate of inflammation.
Applying an ice pack to the area as soon after a bite as possible will reduce inflammation, itching, and discomfort. Avoid putting ice directly on the skin, wrap it in a cloth or towel first.
One study suggested that some antihistamines might be an effective treatment for mosquito bites.
Histamine is a chemical that the body releases as part of the inflammatory response to a mosquito bite.
It is histamine that causes itching, and antihistamines help to prevent histamine from taking effect.
People can take antihistamines in pill form, but other options include topical creams that a person can apply directly to the bite.
Hydrocortisone cream is a topical medication that can reduce inflammation and itching. Hydrocortisone is available over the counter and on prescription but may not be suitable for everyone. Children, pregnant women, or those with skin infections should not use hydrocortisone cream.
People should use these creams in moderation and only over short periods, or for as long as a doctor recommends in the case of prescription hydrocortisone.
Concentrated forms of heat might be useful for treating mosquito bites. One study from 2011 in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology looked at the effectiveness of a device that emits concentrated heat. In most cases, the device was able to reduce the discomfort resulting from insect bites within 10 minutes of its application.
The study took place at beaches and bathing lakes in Germany. It is important to note, however, that of the 146 people in the study, only 33 had mosquito bites, with the majority having wasp stings.