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Take the Itch Out of Mosquito Bites

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There is nothing that’s not annoying about mosquitos. From their loud buzzing when zooming around your ears to the welts you are left with after they bite. Mosquitos draw blood at the same time they inject some of their saliva when they bite us. Mosquito saliva contains protein, which are foreign substances that trigger the body’s immune system. As our bodies are fighting these substances they release histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is the source of mosquito bite itchiness, inflammation, and swelling.

If your skin becomes inflamed and itches after a mosquito bite, it’s best not to scratch it because scratching causes the skin to become even more inflamed. There are a number of things you can do after you’ve been bitten by a mosquito. Some of the most common home remedies that lead to quick relief include all of the following:

Rubbing Alcohol:  After a mosquito bites you, quickly wipe the bite with rubbing alcohol, which has a cooling effect when it dries that may relieve itching.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal soothes insect bites and allergic reactions. You can add it to a bath or make a paste by adding a little water and applying it to the area of the bite. Keep it there for about 15 minutes.

Cold Tea Bag: Tea has an anti-swelling effect that may help with the swelling. Soak a bag of green or black tea and cool it in the refrigerator. Apply the cold tea bag over the bite to ease the itchiness.

Use a safe mosquito control from Natural Repellent, LLC’s Tick Killz to take proactive steps to prevent mosquitos.