How to Treat Mosquito bites in Millington TN - Inman-Murphy

If you spend time outside in the summer in Mid-South TN, you may pay the price in the form of mosquito bites. The good news is that if you treat mosquito bites properly and leave them alone they can heal in about three or four days. 

Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Wash the bites with light soap and warm water.
  2. If it’s itchy, apply an ice pack – go on and off for ten-minute intervals as needed.
  3. If itching persists, use anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help. Resist the urge to scratch them!

How to Stop Mosquito Bites From Itching

At first, the bite will look like a raised white welt. It will likely feel very itchy – do your best to avoid the temptation to scratch. If you do, the welt will diminish to a small red bump in a day or so. If you itch, the healing process will take much longer, and it will only itch worse.

What Are the Best Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites?

There are folk remedies for mosquito bites that some people swear by. We are not endorsing any of these as effective, but everyone is different and some things may work for some while not working for others. Or maybe it’s a placebo effect, or maybe it simply takes your mind off the itchiness.

These are some of the most popular home remedies for mosquito bites that may or may not do anything:

  1. Baking soda and water. You combine water and baking soda into a paste, apply it to the mosquito bite, let it sit for ten minutes, and wash it away.
  2. Oatmeal. Some people consider oatmeal soothing to the skin; it’s a common home remedy for chickenpox as well. You can cook oatmeal, let it cool, and apply it directly to your skin. 
  3. Honey. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some people apply it to mosquito bites to reduce inflammation and reduce the desire to scratch.
  4. Aloe vera. Not just used for sunburns, aloe vera is an all-purpose skin soother with its anti-inflammatory properties.

When to See a Doctor for Mosquito Bites

If you start to come down with more severe symptoms, it’s time to visit your medical professional. More serious symptoms include fevers, rashes, nausea, and allergic reactions. Thankfully, most mosquito bites can heal right at home in less than a week.

If you have any additional questions about mosquitoes in Mid-South TN and mosquito control, be sure to give us a call!

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