‘Tis the season for outdoor activities! From trips to the beach, lounging at the pool, and family cookouts, summer is better spent outside.
But many of us (some more than others) fall prey to the ultimate predatory nuisance: the mosquito! While many see the common bug bite as an annoyance, some bites can be severe. If you find yourself having trouble breathing, or if your throat begins to close, this is a far more serious reaction and you should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
If you’re seeking some quick home remedies for pesky bites, we have a few for you.
Take a Bath
Grab dry oatmeal and mix it with water to create a thick paste. Spread the paste over the bite and wipe off after ten minutes.
Apple cider vinegar will also bring relief. If you have several bites, pour some vinegar into a tepid bath where you can soak for 20 minutes. Don’t make the water too hot, however; that causes the itching sensation to increase.
Onions Bring Tears and Relief
The juices that come from a freshly sliced onion can relieve the pain. Simply place a small slice directly onto the bite and leave it on for several minutes. Remove it and rinse the area with cool water.
Fresh Herbs are for More Than Cooking
Basil contains camphor, which is a cooling chemical found in the fresh herb. If you crush up a basil leaf and leave it on your bite, it can bring a cooling sensation to the area.
Sweet as Honey
Honey has been considered a miracle medicine for centuries. According to the National Institutes of Health, “the healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.” It can help to reduce inflammation and soothe the area. Just place a small drop on the bite to prevent a sticky mess.
Open up the medicine cabinet and grab a tube of toothpaste! A mint-flavored paste (not gel) will create an immediate soothing sensation on the bite, and letting it dry will help to reduce swelling.
For more home remedies to treat your bug bites, talk to your dermatologist.