Aloe Vera: The plant ‘aloe vera’ has anti-inflammatory properties, and it is known to help the itch. For even better relief, store your aloe vera gel in the fridge as the cold will also help with the itchiness. If you have aloe vera plant in the garden, break off a leaf, and rub the juice or flesh from inside the leaf onto the area of the sting.
Antihistamine: For those who have a severe reaction to the bites, and look as if they’ve caught measles, apply an antihistamine cream, lotion, or take antihistamine medicine. Always keep an antihistamine cream, stick or tablet ready, and don’t hesitate to seek medical advice (or a Farmacia if more convenient) – a bad reaction could prove fatal. If you are prone to severe reactions, consider taking an antihistamine tablet before being exposed to possible bites, such as attending an evening bbq. An antihistamine tablet won’t stop you from being bitten, but will help enormously if you are. Algorfa Farmacia sells a good antihistamine tablet called ‘Citirizina Cinfa 10g’.
Antiseptic Wash: Washing with an antiseptic will often relieve initial pain from an insect bite.
Aspirin: Use a crushed aspirin mixed with a tiny bit of water to make a paste. Dab the paste on the bite. It takes the sting right away. Even a wet aspirin would work. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which is anti-inflammatory. Don’t try this if you are allergic to aspirin of course!
Baking Soda: A strong alkaline solution will often ease mosquito bite itching. Two forms of homemade pastes with baking soda are known to be especially effective at this:
1. Mix baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and warm water: One tablespoon to one pint of water is a good ratio to use. Gently apply to the affected area. Use clean fingers, a cotton swab, or a cotton bud to apply. Leave on for a few minutes, then wash off with warm water.
2. Mix baking soda and household cleaner: Mix a few drops of household cleaning ammonia with baking soda to form a paste. Apply gently to the affected area and allow to dry. This should relieve the itching. Remove with warm water. Note that household ammonia can also be dabbed onto the bites by itself.
Banana Skin: Rub the inside of a banana skin onto the bite.
Clean Sting Area: As soon as as you can, aim to reduce the potential for severe itching by treating the sting areas. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol, alcohol wipes, or plain water.
Distilled Witch-hazel and Calamine Lotion: Mix together as an effective pain relief and itch soother.
Egg: Inside the cracked shell of an egg you will find a flexible membrane. Cover the bite with this membrane and let dry. As it contracts, it will draw out some of the toxin.
Green Tea Bag: Put a used green tea bag that has been refrigerated on the bite. Oh the bliss…
Hand Sanitisers: Hand sanitisers with alcohol will soon take the edge off the pain. It stings at first, especially if the skin is damaged, but it soon passes.
Hair-dryer: Blow hot air over the bite. This is the easiest way to disperse the histamines; it will stop itching for hours!
Infections: If an infection develops from the bite, or from scratching them, seek medical help promptly
Keep Fingernails Clean: Try not to scratch bites as infections are easily caught through ‘dirty’ fingernails. Sometimes we scratch to calm an itch when we are asleep, make sure fingernails are scrubbed before going to bed.
Lemon, Orange, or Lime: Cut up lemon, orange or lime into small pieces, and dab gently over the bite, or just squirt a bit of juice on it. Citric acid has some itch-relieving properties.
Meat Tenderiser: Add a little meat tenderizer to the bite area. Mix it with a little water first before applying.
Method ‘X’: Granny’s tip was to put an ‘X’ in the middle of the bite [with your fingernails]. This disperses the protein and stops the itch for a while.
Nail Polish (preferably clear): Providing the bite is not raw from scratching, apply a coat of nail polish over the area. Not only will this keep the bite from scratching, it acts as a seal to protect it.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is renowned for its anti-itching properties. Make a paste with some oatmeal, and apply to the bite area. Allow to dry, then wash off.
Oils and Cream: Rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, basil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties, so they could help prevent bites from getting infected, plus their stinging sensation helps distract you from the itch. Tea tree oil, not only repels mosquitoes and other insects, but it does stop the itch if you do get bitten. Basil oil also has an anti-inflammatory.
Onion: Rub onion juice over the bite.
Penny or Copper Coin: Hold a copper coin against the bites. Copper often makes the skin feel better after a mosquito bite.
Preparation H (hemorrhoidal cream): Sounds strange, but hemorrhoidal creams can shrink swellings. Using Preparation H hemorrhoid cream on insect bites is well founded because one of its ingredients, pramoxine, is a painkiller.
Perfume: Try perfume on the bites. It might sting a bit, but it is better after a couple of minutes. However, perfume can also attract more mosquitoes, so don’t use this if you’re still in the area of the mosquitoes.
Regular Listerine Mouthwash: Listerine has menthol, which cools the skin to help relieve itching.
Soap: Rub a bar of dry or wet soap over the itchy area
Spoon (Warm): Let a metal spoon sit in steaming hot water for a minute. Remove the spoon from the water, let it cool for about five or so seconds, then press the bowl of the spoon over the mosquito bite. Hold it there for ten to thirty seconds. Repeat a few times while the water is still hot. Do this several times daily until your bite is healed.
Tiger Balm: Clean the area carefully with alcohol. Rub a small amount vigorously on and just around the bite. This will alleviate the itching. Use white Tiger Balm if possible, as it appears to work better than the red. Don’t rub Tiger Balm on delicate areas, particularly around the eyes.
Toothpaste: Regular flavoured toothpaste is the best choice for this method, or use any non-gel toothpaste. Gel toothpaste is not suitable for this method. Rub the paste into your bite, leaving a blob on the top. Wash off in the morning with cold water and mild soap. The toothpaste will dry the bite out, removing any irritation.
Tums Indigestion Tablets: Mix several Tums with water to create a paste. This can be very effective in relieving the itch.
Underarm Deodorant: Rub deodorant on the bite area. Try to use a non-scented deodorant if possible.
Use Your Own Spit: This might sting for about a minute, but it nearly always takes the itch away. Failing that, salting a bite also stings, but does remove the itch!
Vicks VapoRub: Vick can take away the itch in seconds, and it never comes back. For areas where movement wipes it off, put a bandaid over it. Works like a charm!
Vinegar Paste: Make a thick paste of cornflour and apple cider vinegar. Gently apply the paste to the affected area. Allow to dry. It will alleviate the itching by the time it has dried. Wash off using warm water. You could also place tape or a bandage over this to leave it on longer. Any type of vinegar can be used. Vinegar stops the itching, and helps the swelling to go down.
Water: Whether it’s ice cold or piping hot, using water may help alleviate the pain of the sting. The method you choose probably depends most on which temperature you like best applied to your skin!
1. Take a warm bath with two tablespoons of cider vinegar added can help to alleviate itching.
2. Put a wet sponge in the freezer, and so when you get itchy, you can put the sponge on the bite. Make sure that the sponge is clean.
Warning: Insect bites COULD be life threatening after an adult, child, or even a pet gets stung. See Anaphylactic Shock. The paragraphs above are only suggestions that I have discovered, and they are not a replacement for professional medical advice.