Mosquito bites make the affected skin areas itch or burn. Fortunately, there are effective home remedies from the kitchen and garden pharmacy for the red spots that mosquitoes and other insects leave behind.
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Mosquito bites – but also bites from wasps, bees and hornets – are usually harmless. Depending on which insect has pricked, there are different skin irritations that are triggered by the insect venom. Most often this is redness, swelling and itching. In the case of wasp or hornet bites, the skin can also hurt and burn, in most cases the sensations are worse than with a mosquito bite.
The best home remedies for mosquito bites
However, harmless mosquito bites can be extremely annoying. Immigrant exotics are to blame, the poison of which our skin is not yet used. But pesticides applied to fields also make the stings itch and hurt more violently than a few years ago. The result is skin irritation and redness with a diameter of up to 20 centimeters.
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When mosquito bites are a case for the doctor
Tropical mosquitoes can also transmit infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue and Chikungunya fever. In this case, a mosquito bite can also be a case for the doctor. Anyone on vacation in high-risk areas for such diseases should take care of effective mosquito protection – for example with long clothing, repellents and mosquito nets.
And there is another danger from insect bites: In allergy sufferers they sometimes lead to violent reactions of the immune system up to anaphylactic shock, an urgent medical emergency. Mosquito bites usually do not pose a risk of such an overreaction – but the bites of bees, wasps, bumblebees and hornets can very well be dangerous for allergy sufferers. For example, our tips to help prevent wasps and other uninvited summer guests can help.
Home remedies for treating mosquito bites
If you still have mosquito bites, the first thing is: scratching is a very bad idea. It promotes bacterial inflammation and can even cause the sting to be encapsulated – the capsule will then last a lifetime.
A consolation: some home remedies for treatment can effectively relieve itching and pain. The above-mentioned insect bites relate to mosquitoes as well as other insects and can be found in almost every kitchen – or in the garden.
Place a freshly cut onion on the prick. The sulfur in the onion juice is antibacterial, disinfected, relieves the itching after insect bites and can reduce swelling.
Squeeze the juice from an aloe vera plant. This home remedy grows in many living rooms and offices and reduces itching.
Daisies are also easy to get: For a juice against itchy mosquito bites, squeeze out the flowers together with the stem and leaves.
Cold packs or cold gel compresses reduce the itching and inflammation caused by the insect bite.
A wrap with high-proof alcohol cools the skin through the evaporative cold and reduces the irritation after a mosquito bite.
Pour a teaspoon of salt in a cup of cold water and apply this mixture to the affected area of the skin – this will relieve the itching.
A hot spoon, a heated coin or very warm water on a cotton ball can also help. The reason: heat destroys the mosquito proteins that trigger the itching. This happens from 45 to 50 degrees – a temperature that the skin can just endure.
Shred white cabbage leaves and dab the juice on the insect bite. White cabbage has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Make an envelope with grated horseradish to promote blood circulation.
This home remedy for itchy mosquito bites can be found in every garden and park: ribwort leaves. Simply place the whole fresh leaves on the stitch and fix them with a cloth. Leave on the mosquito bite for about two hours to get rid of the itching. Or grate leaves between your fingers and dab the juice on the mosquito bite.
essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, cedar and clove – or a mixture of several of these oils
- Beer rubbing in: This home remedy, to avoid mosquito bites, is only fragrant for inn fans. But it works: Because basically it is only about covering those components of the body fragrance that attract mosquitoes.
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