We all know how badly mosquito bites can itch – and what’s worse, how much more painful they get if we give in and scratch them! These bites are some of the most annoying consequences of spending time outdoors, and at times, it can feel impossible to find relief. However, there are some easy methods to rid of those terrible itchy problems – and they’re found in your kitchen!
It’s important to note that dealing with bites as soon as they occur will reduce the potential for extreme itching. Clean the bite areas with rubbing alcohol or soap and water as soon as possible and for those who have severe reactions to mosquitos, see your physician promptly.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be directly applied to mosquito bites. Soak a cotton ball in the cider vinegar, squeeze out the excess, and press over the bite for a few minutes to alleviate the pain. Repeat if needed until the swelling and itching subside. Alternatively, you can also make a paste out of flour and apple cider vinegar to apply to the affected area that will dry out the bite in addition to soothing the itchiness. Topically apply the paste to the itchy bites, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it off with warm water.
Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory component called fisetin which inhibits the cytokines that cause your cells to attack the mosquito bites and make them itch. Cool the cucumber in your refrigerator, slice it, and gently press a slice over each bite until the itching stops. The cold will distract from the pain while the cucumber naturally soothes the itch. Repeat if necessary.