A mosquito, or rather a female mosquito (males feed on nectar of flowers), can bite a person, contributing to unpleasant ailments such as itching, burning skin and blistering at the bite, sometimes even pain and erythema. In most cases, they are not dangerous to health and can be alleviated by home remedies. How to get rid of mosquito bites?
Brief characteristics of the mosquito
Mosquitos live near stagnant waters, as well as in moist forests, parks and gardens. They can also be found in cities, mainly in May, June and August. Females need blood from certain warm-blooded animals to form eggs in the ovaries, including people. They are lured by, among others ingredients of human sweat, and thermodetection helps them identify their potential “hosts”.
When the female mosquito finds her victim, she puts her proboscis on her skin, equipped with hooks. Moving his jaw up and down, he cuts the skin and injects a drop of his saliva, which prevents the host’s blood from clotting. Now is the time to suck up a small amount of bloody food, which is necessary for the development of eggs with the next generation of mosquitoes. Interestingly, the female will not fly away until it fills the stomach with food.
What after a mosquito bite?
After the mosquito bite, a characteristic bubble and itching sensation appears. However, do not scratch, because you can even lead to a small wound (a problem particularly common for children). However, it is worth using one of the proven home methods that will allow you to forget about not very pleasant contact with the mosquito.
Home remedies for mosquito bites
As a result of the action of the components contained in the mosquito’s saliva, the body releases histamine – a substance that is responsible for allergic reactions. As a result, the skin is red, swollen and very itchy. However, avoid scratching the resulting bubble, as it will prolong itching. Scratching the bite area can lead to infection.
Fortunately, there are home remedies that alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of a mosquito bite.
Lemon wrap – put a thicker lemon slice in place of the bite. They can also be smeared with lemon juice, which will relieve inflammation;
Onion compress – an onion slice applied to the bite site will reduce swelling and itching;
White cabbage or parsley – crushed cabbage leaf or parsley should be applied to the bite site, which will relieve itching;
Saline solution – just mix a teaspoon of salt with a glass of water and wash the bite with this mixture;
Eucalyptus oil – has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to which it relieves itching and pain.
The bite site can also be washed with vinegar, salicylic alcohol, aloe vera juice or a pharmacy activated carbon solution.
It is worth wearing bright clothes that will cover as much of the body as possible. You can take vitamin B1 before going out in nature. To prevent mosquitoes from entering the rooms, simply install mosquito nets in the windows and doors. If you are outside, you can light special scented candles with an aroma that repels insects. The skin and clothing should be sprayed or smeared with the selected preparation from the pharmacy (means available in sprays, gel, ointments, aerosol etc.).