Do you frequently go camping or hiking only be bitten by pesky mosquitoes? If so, you are among the millions of campers that complete their adventure with leftover mosquito bites. While most mosquito bites are harmless, they can carry a variety of contagious diseases including West Nile, Ross River Fever, and Western equine encephalitis are among the list.
Mosquitos are parasites and prefer to feed off of humans, but they are not too picky to feed off of mammals, birds, and reptiles. When the mosquito sticks their feeding tube into the skin of its prey, saliva is excreted and injected into the skin. The saliva will cause an immediate immune response, which leaves to an itchy rash or welts. The victim will scratch the bites, because they are so irritating, but it is important to treat them properly to combat the itchiness.
One cup of dry oatmeal combined together with one cup of baking soda will make a great soaking treatment. Just run a bathtub full of warm water and then add the ingredients. You should try to remain in the tub for at least 30 minutes to give the treatment time to begin working.
Apply cider vinegar can be applied directly to the mosquito bite, but sometimes the vinegar can cause severe stinging. In this case, you can dilute the vinegar with tap water, before applying to the affected area.
You can also develop a paste out of apple cider vinegar and corn flour. Just mix the ingredients together, until you form a thick paste. Apply the concoction to the affected area and leave in place for at 15-20 minutes, before rinsing.
Ice packs can also help alleviate the edema, redness, and inflammation. Do not apply the ice directly to the skin, because this can increase your risk for frostbite.
Warm sea salt water can be used for soaking or warm compresses. The salt will draw out the inflammation and the itching will eventually be eliminated.
Try to prevent your children from scratching the mosquito bite, because this can lead to a severe skin infection. Monitor for signs of infection and if anything abnormal is noted contact your pediatrician immediately.