Wellness Health & Well-being 11 Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies By Chanie Kirschner Writer Yeshiva University Chanie Kirschner is a writer, advice columnist, and educator who has covered topics ranging from parenting to fashion to sustainability. our editorial process Chanie Kirschner Updated December 23, 2020 Fact-checked by Cara Lustik Fact checker and copywriter University of Michigan Cara Lustik is a fact checker and copywriter. Our Fact-Checking Process Article fact-checked on Jan 10, 2021 Cara Lustik Luckily, most mosquito bites do nothing more than make you itchy. . Image Point Fr/Shutterstock Share Twitter Pinterest Email Wellness Health & Well-being Clean Beauty Though some mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus or the now-infamous Zika virus, most mosquito bites will do nothing more than cause an itch, which in itself can be absolutely maddening. Luckily, natural (and not so natural) mosquito bite remedies can provide itch relief so you can get back to enjoying the great outdoors this summer. Antihistamine Cream This is one of your best bets if you’ve suddenly found yourself the main course of a mosquito feast. When mosquitoes bite you (and siphon out your blood), your body sends histamines to the site of the bite because it doesn’t recognize the mosquito saliva. An over-the-counter antihistamine cream will help to soothe the itch. Make sure the active ingredient in your cream is diphenhydramine to maximize effectiveness. Keep a stick or a tube handy when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. If you’d prefer a more natural remedy, or just don’t have any cream, there are some household ingredients you can try. Ice or a Cold Compress A sure-fire way to soothe a mosquito bite fast is to give it a chill pill. The cold sensation will help numb the itch and help relieve any swelling associated with the bite. Studies have proven the cold can help reduce any histamine-related itch, so this might be helpful if you find yourself breaking out in hives from something else as well. Toothpaste According to the Farmers' Almanac, applying regular toothpaste to the bite site can help relieve the itch. This also can help reduce the pain of a fire ant bite (I’ve tried it – it works!). It might have something to do with the menthol in the toothpaste, which also creates a cooling sensation. Baking Soda and Water Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the bite and leave for a few minutes before washing off. Baking soda and water make an alkaline solution, which neutralizes the pH of the skin to provide itch relief. The juice and rinds of lemons and limes will perk up any kind of dish. (Photo: Blend images/Shutterstock) Lemon and Lime Juice These can help relieve the itch, but only try this remedy if you haven’t already scratched the bites. Applying citrus juice to open cuts will sting. Also, only use lemon and lime juice if you’re going to be indoors for a while. Applying these outside can lead to severe sunburns. Vinegar Another common household ingredient recommended by the Old Farmer's Almanac is vinegar. Vinegar’s antibacterial properties make it ideal for bug bites. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe it on bites. If you have bites all over, pour a few cups in the bathtub with warm water and take a soak. Essential Oils If you happen to have tea tree oil in the house, its natural antiseptic properties can help relieve the itch. Lavender oil also has healing benefits. Lavender comes from the Latin word lavare, which means to wash. A dab of lavender oil can help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. Honey This golden goo has many health benefits. It can be used as a topical anti-bacterial ointment to keep bite wounds clean, and its anti-inflammatory properties will help lessen swelling. Aloe vera is good for more than sunburns. A natural antiseptic agent, it relieves mosquito bites, too. Piotr Marcinski/Shutterstock Aloe Vera If you have an aloe vera plant, cut a meaty portion of a leaf to extract the gel. You can apply the gel directly to the bite, or put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool before applying. The gel's natural antiseptic qualities will reduce swelling and itching. Teabags You may know that you can put tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness. They may very well work the same magic on mosquito bites. Take a cool, used tea bag and place it on the bite. A Slap Another thing you can try in a pinch? A pinch! A pinch or a slap to the area will register as pain in your brain, and because your brain can only register one sensation at a time, it will take the place of the itch. Not the most pleasant remedy on the list, but it works! Now that you know how to ditch the itch, find out why those little buggers cause you to itch in the first place. 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