Mosquito bites are ideally the most common irritations we face. From tiny toddlers to retired adults, they are not only an annoyance, but also can cause some serious damage. Itchiness, rashes, skin infections and even deadly diseases like dengue or malaria are potential harms that can be done. Well, here are some home remedies for dealing with them:

Onion or garlic –

These underground-grown vegetables can be used as a before or after treatment fr mosquito bites. Mash them and apply to the affected area. They reduce itchiness and soothe the swelling. Moreover, as a ‘before’ treatment, their strong aroma fend off mosquitoes and other insects. As an ‘after’ apply the crushed remedy to the affected area and wash off after a few minutes.

Salt –

Salt has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Mix table salt and a little water and apply the paste to the bite. Alternately, you could mix seasoning salt, garlic salt and water in equal amounts and apply the paste to the bite. It may burn for a while but gives you relief soon after. You can even swim in salt water if you live near a beach.

Lemon –

Lemons have natural anaesthetic properties. Halve a lemon and rub the inside of one half onto the bite, which relieves you of itchiness. You may even try to rub the rind of the lemon. Lemon juice helps reduce the chances of getting an infection. You can even mix lemon juice with crushed basil to get a solution.

Aloe Vera –

Aloe Vera diminishes itching, swelling and pain and even quickens the recovery. You simply have to cool the gel of the plant in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and then apply directly to the affected area.

Baking Soda –

Baking soda is alkaline in nature and brings down the pH of the skin once in contact with it; and reduces itchiness and gives relief. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Dip a cloth in it and wrap the cloth around your hand for 10-20 minutes. You may even make a paste out of baking soda and witch hazel and apply it to the bite for 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

Ice –

Ice numbs the itchiness of the bite. Use an icepack or even ice wrapped around a wash cloth over the bite for 10-15 minutes. Experience the relief from the itchiness and swelling. If you don’t have ice let your hand stay under cold, running water. You may even choose to hold a frozen or cool vegetable over it to feel relief.

Well, those were a few effective tips to relieve mosquito bites. Get rid of them in an instant. You may even take an aspirin, rub alcohol on it or even apply peppermint toothpaste over the bite to experience relief. So no more worries about mosquito bites. Mosquitoes will only come for your blood if they can smell it. Use a mosquito repellent to conceal that smell and guard yourself.