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Those pesky mosquitoes seem to have nothing better in life to do than bite us. You’ll find some tips below to help take the sting out their bites.
Traditional Medical Remedies
If you or your children are highly allergic to insect bites, call 911 immediately and elevate the extremities.
Hydrocortisone cream is often used. You can buy it over the counter. Benadryl™ is an antihistamine cream or pill you can also purchase at your local pharmacy. You may need prescription antihistamines with you when you camp if you experience severe swelling and other allergic reactions. Lotions like Caladryl™ are also effective in relieving itching. If your bites become infected, use antibacterial ointments such as Neosporin™. Menthol remedies like CamphoPhenique™ are effective, too.
Natural Remedies
There are many natural remedies for mosquito bites.
You can use your mind to get rid of the swelling and itching of a normal bite. Some people close their eyes and say things like, “I feel no pain,” or “I do not itch.” You may feel silly trying this the first time, but you may be amazed at the results.
You can try tea tree oil. It’s available in your local health food store, on the Internet, or by mail order. Raw garlic is one remedy some swear by. Try making a paste of baking soda and water. Put the paste on each bite. Other pastes you can use are salt and water or salt and butter.
Aloe vera gel is nature’s healing ointment. You can grow your own aloe vera or buy the gel from your local department store. If you buy an aloe vera plant, cut off a very small portion and then slice it down the middle. The gel contained inside does wonders not just for bites, but also for burns, cuts, and other skin wounds.
Use cool compresses. Make one by packing ice in a washcloth or towel and apply it to the bites. You can also just put cool water on a washcloth. This is a great remedy if you’re out fishing, doing other water sports, or camping.
Remember that the more you scratch, the more likely that you are to leave a scar. Whatever you do, don’t worry. Once summer’s over, you’ll not have to deal with these critters until next year.