Mosquito bites are a given in hot and humid weather. Some of these bites can be harmless but others can be infectious as mosquitos carry diseases. If you are suffering from mosquito bites, or just want to know how to find relief the next time you are bitten by a pesky mosquito, here are some home remedies for you.
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Aloe vera contains more than 130 active compounds and 30+ amino acids which are beneficial for your skin. It also acts as a natural antiseptic agent, which means that it is great for reducing mosquito bites swelling and temptation to itch. Simply, peel away the tough skin of the plant and scoop out the gel. Rub the gel on the affected area and let it sit for at least half an hour before washing it off with normal water.
Minced Onion or Garlic
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You might have thought that onion and garlic are used for preparing food, but you were wrong! These pungent ingredients also help in treating bug bites and acts as a barrier to annoying mosquitoes. Apply minced onion or garlic on the affected area and let it sit for around 5-10 minutes before washing it off. You can also rub it on your ankles and wrists before venturing into an area where you think you might be bitten.
Baking Soda And Water
Being alkaline in nature, baking soda neutralises the pH levels of the affected area and helps in reducing swelling and itchiness. Mix a tsp of baking soda in water and apply the paste to the affected area. Let it for around 20-25 minutes and then wash it off.
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Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It helps in reducing swelling and prevents the bite from getting infected. Simply, dip a cotton ball in honey and dab it on the affected area. This will also reduce your temptation to itch and can help you get rid of it in a jiffy!
Have you ever applied lemon juice to mosquito bites? It might sound strange but applying lemon juice on the affected area can reduce itchiness. But this remedy will only work if you have not scratched the bitten area. Also, avoid stepping out after applying it on your skin otherwise it can cause severe sunburns.
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This yellow spice is more than just a kitchen staple. Turmeric has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can provide you instant relief from mosquito bites. Mix turmeric powder with a few drops of rose water and apply this paste to the affected area. Wash it off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes.
Coconut oil is an easy remedy to treat mosquito bites. It is helpful because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antiseptic properties.
So, try these remedies now and get rid of those pesky mosquito bites!
Disclaimer: All content, including tips and suggestions, is entirely based on research and data available on the internet. So, it is advised not to construe it as professional medical advice and consult a doctor before trying any of the above-mentioned tips.
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