This is the season of mosquito breeding, and hence that of mosquito bites. When a mosquito bites it makes a small puncture on the skin but it is so very tiny that we often don’t feel the bite when it happens. It is only later that we see after-effects like itchiness, swelling, skin rashes, bruising and skin infection, which can be very annoying. But the aftermath can also be potentially harmful. Dengue and chikungunya, that are so prevalent these days, are both spread by mosquito bites. So does Malaria and a host of other diseases.
So, the first step in the line of treatment of these diseases is treating the area affected by mosquito bite.
Today we tell some home remedies for mosquito bite.
Lemon has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Cut a lemon and rub it on the affected area. It not only provides relief from the itching but also prevent the spread of infection. Rubbing a lemon rind also has same effect.
Cold temperature prevents the spread of venom. Putting an ice cube, covered in plastic, on the place where the mosquito has bitten dries the larva. If you keep it there for about 15 minutes, it will also prevent swelling and rashes.
Dissolve a spoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Now dip a piece of cloth in this solution and rub it over the affected area. It will provide immediate relief from the itching and rashes. This is also helpful in preventing malaria.
Aloe vera is one the best natural remedies for insect bites. Rubbing the sap of aloe vera on the affected area provides relief from swelling, rashes and pain. You can also buy aloe vera paste from market, if you don’t have the plant. But care must be taken to cool the leaf or paste before applying it.
Onion and garlic
The smell of both onion and garlic is the natural repellent for mosquitoes. The juice of onion and garlic lower the pH value and hence provides relief.
It works as an antiseptic. Make a paste of salt with a few drops of water and apply it on the affected area. It provides instant relief.
Hold a refrigerated, dampened green tea bag on the bite. The cold helps soothe the itch and compounds in the tea help with inflammation.
Honey has an antibacterial ingredient, so it helps prevent a bite from getting infected. But as the sweetness could attract more bites, wash the area some time after the application.
Rub a basil leaf on the mosquito bite area, it stops itching. Better still crush a basil leaf and make a paste with lemon juice and apply this paste on the affected area.