How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching
Knowing how to stop a mosquito bite from itching can save you countless hours of discomfort and unpleasantness. There are plenty of ways to stop bites from itching although not all work for everyone, so give some a try and see what works best for you.
1- Prevention is the best cure; wear long, lightweight trousers and shirts in mosquito prone areas, use citrus scents to deter mosquitos (you can also purchase deet to spray onto your clothes. This is literally rat poison and I once nearly died from over application so be careful!!), and sleep under a net. Burning mosquito coils will help deter the critters although these are toxic so only use them in well ventilated areas.
2- Do not scratch the itch! It will make it worse and may result in infection!
3- Clean and rub down the bites when they first occur. Effort now will be worth it in the long run. Rub away from the affected area to disperse the anti-coagulant mosquito saliva.
4- Apply tiger balm. Apply generously on the bite. Should the bite be on a place where clothing will rub, place a large plaster on top of it.
5- Home remedies such as one table spoon of baking soda in a pint of water and then applying using a cotton swab often helps. Leave this on for a few minutes before washing off. You can also mix the baking soda with household cleaning ammonia to form a past. Allow it to dry before washing off. Apple cider vinegar, which you can apply with a cotton bud, has been known to work.
6- Use hot and cold treatment. Hot then cold treatment will encourage the dispersing and breakdown of the saliva. Make a compress with hot water on a cloth, and then after five minutes switch to an ice pack. Repeat this process. Also warm tea bags sometimes work.
There are many different species of mosquito so don’t be surprised if you react differently to their bites in different places.
Cover the bite with a plaster/band-aid in your sleep to stop you itching it.