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How to Treat Mosquito Bites With Home Remedies

Updated on May 15, 2017
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I am a board-certified holistic health coach. I believe that true health and vibrancy starts with food, not medicine.

Mosquito Bite Relief

Summer is almost here and that means a few things: sunshine, camping, and mosquitoes. For some odd reason, I am a magnet to mosquitoes. How can a tiny little creature do so much damage by leaving irritating red bumps that cause itchiness?

Since mosquitoes use their sense to single out their victims from a crowd, the real reason must be the special scent of my blood. Whatever the reason may be, I am armed and ready for them this year with the best mosquito repellants. Just in case those repellants aren’t enough to ward them off, though, I also have natural home remedies for mosquito bites. I’ve been using these methods for years, as the blood suckers tend to love my scent and always target me.

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Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Mosquito bites are actually from female mosquitoes that pierce their proboscis into your skin, allowing her a nanosecond window of opportunity to suck your blood. Itching is usually the main symptom associated with insect bites. The cause of itchiness is due to the residual saliva left behind from the she-devil mosquito.

Your immune system reacts by releasing histamine to fight off the foreign substance, which causes the red bump. The itching is caused by expansion of blood vessels, which exposes the irritated nerves. The irritated nerves cause the annoying itchy sensation.

For temporary relief, place ice or an ice pack on the affected area.
For temporary relief, place ice or an ice pack on the affected area. | Source

Mosquito Bite Treatments

The first step to treating a mosquito bite is to clean the area with a mild soap and warm water. You have got to resist the urge to rub or scratch the affected area! Scratching the area, although provides temporary relief, actually makes it worse. You can get infected from introducing dirt and bacteria into the open wound. If you have multiple bites all over the body, it would be best to take a warm bath filled with some salt or vinegar.

If you’re at a BBQ or picnic, and you don’t have access to a first aid kit or any type of ointment, reach for your cooler. No, put the beer down. Grab the ice. The quickest relief is to apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a towel. The cold ice will help control the swelling. When you get home, raid your pantry for some of these household items to control the itchiness.

Aloe vera is one of the best home remedies for mosquito bites. Although it is uncommon, make sure you are not allergic to this plant.
Aloe vera is one of the best home remedies for mosquito bites. Although it is uncommon, make sure you are not allergic to this plant. | Source
Baking soda and water are a mild remedy for mosquito bites.
Baking soda and water are a mild remedy for mosquito bites. | Source

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

You can make your own natural mosquito bite home remedy by looking in your pantry for some common household items.

  • Vinegar. Apply a small amount of apple cider vinegar with a cotton swab to the area that was bitten.
  • Aloe vera. This miracle plant works wonder for any type of bites or skin irritation. It will ease the itchiness and swelling from the bite by forming a protective layer. Aloe Vera is soothing, anti bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It provides a very soothing touch and also aid in quicker recovery. Just snap off a piece of the stem and rub it on your skin. Another option is to use Aloe Vera gel. You can reapply often as needed.
  • Baking soda and water. Make a paste by mixing a 2:1 ratio of baking soda and water. Apply it to the affected area and watch the swelling disappear. This is probably the most common household item readily available. It is also mild enough for children with sensitive skin since it won’t cause irritation.
  • Raw honey. Raw honey not only relieves the itching, but helps to prevent infections. It has powerful anti-microbial properties.
  • Salt and water. Put water on the bite and sprinkle some salt on it. The itching will stop within 15-20 minutes. If you have more than one bite, soak yourself in a bathtub filled with water, and either salt or vinegar.
  • Essential oils. If you have a spray bottle, mix 1 cup of water and 10 drops of essential oils, such as lavender oil and peppermint oil. Spray on the bites for really fast relief! Tea tree oil also works. This is a quick mixture to make and take with you on a camping or hiking trip, in case you do get bitten by these evil creatures.
  • Toothpaste or deodorant. Dr. Oz swears by this method! He suggested that mint flavored toothpaste contains menthol which calms the sensitive nerves, cooling off the itching sensation.
  • Fruits. Cut open a fresh lemon or lime and rub it directly to skin. Another option is to take a banana peel and rub the inside of the peel.

How to prevent mosquito bites in the first place

  • Stop breathing and stop moving. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and body odor, such as sweat and perfumed lotion. Since the first tip is not an option, try the methods below.
  • Cover your skin with an insect repellent when going outdoors. DEET is a very effective mosquito repellent (although it is very clearly not a natural product).
  • Light citronella candles. All of these products are known to repel female mosquitoes. The majority of mosquito bites occurs around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on how best to avoid getting bit from mosquitoes, see this helpful article article from TipNut.

Are you allergic to mosquito bites?

There’s a possibly that it you are allergic to mosquito bites. The symptoms to look for are vomiting, fever, headaches, and body aches. For more information, read this helpful article from VeryWell.

Everyone’s skin reacts differently from these annoying mosquito bites. As there are many different species of mosquitoes, some remedies may work better than others. If one solution doesn't work, try a different one. However, if the bites do not respond to the natural remedies or topical treatments, that means the bites may have become infected. In the case that the surrounding area looks red and the swelling does not go away, go see your doctor immediately!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Kim on how to treat and prevent mosquito bites, especially this time of year. Very useful and voted up!

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      Xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx 4 years ago

      Thx for your help

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      You're welcome! Speaking of mosquito bites, I got devoured again from camping this weekend lol. I used repellant too!

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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      I wished I had read your hub earlier. I had three very bad mosquito bites last week and they were itchy. I didn't know there are so many different ways to handle a mosquito bite. Thank you so much for sharing all the tips. Voted up and useful!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Haha those darn Filipino mosquitoes...I heard they're more annoying than Vietnamese mosquitoes too! Glad you found the tips helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thank you very much for this information. I am always a victim of mosquito bites when I´m in my home country. The Filipino mosquitoes don´t know me anymore,lol;-) Your advice is great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the kind comment, Purple Perl. Your name is even cuter! I appreciate your vote.

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Simple thing such as a mosquito bite can trouble you no end. Especially when you need to go to sleep. Thanks for sharing the excellent tips,Turtlewoman! I like your name, congrats on the win. Voted you useful.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks chinchin for stopping by. When my cousins go back to Vietnam, they get bit too!

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      Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for sharing the information. I would certainly try some of these tips. Some of my children get lots of mosquito bites when we visit the Philippines, so these remedies would surely come in handy.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      It's true as far as my dad was concerned--he'd be the only one bitten out of 4 or 5 guys...none of whom shared his blood type...

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      MsLizzy- Is that true about the type AB blood? I didn't know those creatures discriminate with blood types! Your poor Dad!

      I have not heard of using a mud pack...thanks for sharing! And I appreciate your vote. Take care!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      You're welcome Talullah- thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi Jaye! Oh my goodness, what would I do if I lived in your area? I'd probably pack up and move! :-) Actually, I never had a chance to go back to my country either, where mosquitoes swarm the area all year round. And the bananas...weird, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Debby- Thanks for the reminder about the buckets and anything that can hold water!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hi Turtlewoman ~ These tips will come in handy for the wild spring and summer ahead. We will have more mosquitoes than ever due to the warm temperatures. Just remember to remove any standing water, buckets, pots and open holes so they won't breed all around your yard. Blessings, Debby

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Where I live mosquitoes don't wait for summer--they're around ten months out of the year, and many of them bite me. When I was a child, my grandmother said they were attracted to me because I ate bananas. That's why I chuckled when I read your remedy with the banana peel.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      Very useful indeed! Thanks for sharing all that info and all those remedies.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great information. My dad used to be a mosquito magnet. He claimed that when he was in the Navy, the mosquitoes would read everyone's dogtags for blood type, and zero in on him because of his more rare "type AB" blood. ;-)

      Your repellant tips are great, and true, you cannot stop moving or breathing...but you do have control over what you wear, so not using scented lotions, creams or perfume would be the next best option.

      A friend of mine, who was well-practiced in the ancient lore also used a plain mud pack when away from home with no modern remedies available--and it also works for bee stings.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Sometimes, you can not increase your B12 through food. I have to have shots once a month. It's an easy blood test by your doctor.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Stephanie, for the visit! I plan on checking out your hub on camping...thanks for letting me know! I love to camp!

      I'm so glad that you found my hub useful, and I agree- mosquito bites are literally a pain to deal with! Have a great day!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      With mosquito season coming up and camping season gearing up, this is a VERY useful hub! I had heard of some of these remedies before, but not others, and I like the idea of using everyday products and natural remedies. Bug and mosquito bits are one of the most annoying things about camping--I'm adding a link to my newest hub on camping safety.

      Voted up and shared!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Kathy- oh goodness, if that's true I might have to increase my dairy intake. I don't even know if I have a vitamin B12 deficiency! Thank you for your input!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Not sure if is true, but I have heard said that people who are B12 deficiency can attract them. I can attest to knowing that I am B12 deficient, and they come after me over anyone else out there with me!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby, don't you just wonder why mosquitoes like to play favorites? :-)

      Some of the OTC products do smell funky, and the reality is the chemicals can seep through the affected areas.

      Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my hub!

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Mosquitos love me, so this hub is being bookmarked and saved for the summer! I use all sorts of stuff. Thanks for the reminders of the home remedies, I don't like the smells of many store products. Great hub! Congrats on winning the contest!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      You are one lucky man, Dan, to have immunity from these bugs. Thanks for linking and I look forward to reading your hub soon!

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Great tips on this hub about dealing with mosquito bites. I haven't swollen up in years, having built up a natural immunity, but my wife is swarmed by them. I'll link to this hub later with a review I am writing on insect-shield clothing.

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      I heard, but have not tried it myself, that a simple ammonia stick from the chemist works really well and it is cheapalso , perhaps the smell has stopped it becoming popular. But i will for sure get one this week as it is coming up up to mossie season again in Spain very soon, then let you know if i still have any friends left.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Heartconscious- I'm glad you found this before your camping trip! Have fun and thanks for commenting!

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      heartconscious 5 years ago from United States

      I hate mosquitoes and I am very prone to their bites. This is a very helpful hub especially for me since I and my cousins are going camping in two weeks time! I'll definitely print a copy of this. Thank you!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Linda Bliss- No problem! Thanks for the question and congrats to you too.

      Chris- You're welcome!

      Debbie- Thanks for the tip about Aloe Vera; it's definitely possible. Thank goodness there are other options for them! Thanks for the vote!

      Simone - A million thanks for your surprise today too! :-) *happy dance*

      Cloverleaffarm- Your input is always appreciated! Thanks for pointing that out.

      Naima - Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your vote!

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      Linda Liebrand 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for answering my question! I am a real mosquito magnet too and usually get bad reactions to their bites so I will bookmark this hub for future use! Thanks again and congrats on the win :-)

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this, i found it very very useful and interesting :), there are a lot of mosquitoes where I come from :) Voted up!!!

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      I too am a mosquito magnet, don't you just hate it when they bite a bony bit? You've included some natural remedies that I'll be trying this summer.

      Can I just give a word of warning about the aloe vera, I hope you don't mind? I know of a couple of children who have had aloe vera applied to their skin straight from the plant and have got a nasty rash from it.

      I found your hub handy and look forward to getting bitten this summer, just to try out a few of your remedies!!

      Voted up and shared!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, this Hub is full of surprises! Great remedies, Turtlewoman! Thanks for sharing them!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Your title intrigued me. Love all things natural. I have heard of most of these. While the ones under "Topical Remedies" may be a home remedy, the topical suggestions are not natural.

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      Naima Manal 5 years ago from NY

      Thank you very much for this beneficial information. These simple remedies will make a summertime with mosquitoes tolerable. Will certainly try, and voted up!

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