Bug bites pack a lot of uneasiness and pain for a small injury. Some bugs may be seasonal and its essential to have some products to soothe the swelling that comes your way. If you’re looking to relieve the sting and itch of bug bites before seeing a doctor, give these tested home remedies a try.
1. Bedbug bites
These are the tiny little creatures that make your bed their home and your blood their food. They live in the little crevices between the bed and make sleeping hell. Bed bug bites are itchy, red and leave the skin swollen. Plus, the itchiness stays with you for a long time.
If you or your child have bedbug bites, apply a cold compress! This is a great pain reliever and reduces the swelling and itchiness as well.
- Take 4 ice cubes and wrap them in a clean cotton clothe
- Place them in the affected area in the intervals of 5 seconds first, then 2 seconds.
- You’ll feel a great sense of relief
Overall, this method only provides relief but doesn’t solve the situation. For a permanent solution, choose a process that completely eradicated bedbugs from your household. This can mean calling pest control services.
2. Bee and Wasp Stings
With these stings you need to be quick to minimize the pain from a bee sting. Its important to remove the stinger immediately to reduce the amount of venom injected and avoid a reaction, although more often than not it falls off. Thereafter, wash the area with soap and water, apply an ice pack for 20-25minutes to reduce the pain and swelling. Some people swear by painkillers to control the pain and that depends on the intensity. Antihistamines also work well to control any itching that occurs. Overall, it is important to watch out for signs of a skin infection which can happen after any type of insect sting/bite
3. Sand Flea Bites
Have you ever wondered why people at the beach lay towels down or use beach chairs? Apart from the uncomfortable feeling sand leaves on the skin, the sand flea is also a reason. If you live in coastal or sandy places you might know of it. It leaves red bumps and welts on the skin and if you are not careful and have an open wound, the female mite might lay the eggs there.
Use Milk powder to treat flea bites. Milk contains lactic acid which is a great repellent for mites, fleas and other pests. In addition to this, the viscous nature of the milk makes it hard for the flea to move. Use two tablespoons of baby formula or milk powder, add a cup of water and a teaspoon of salt to make it more effective. Dip cotton wool into this mixture and dab the affected area. Alternatively, you can use disinfectant and baby oil and make sure that the disinfectant contains Chloroxylenol and as one of it’s ingredients. Mix the disinfectant, baby oil, rubbing alcohol and spray it generously around the house .
4. Spider Bites
Spiders can be venomous and most of the times it’s not easy to pinpoint the exact spider that bit you. What’s more, the affected area may show hours later after you have moved from the scene of incident. In addition to this, there are so many spiders world wide whose bites cause different body reactions that it’s hard to generalize.
This said, look for the following symptoms; bumps or a group of bumps, pain, itching, puncture marks or skin damage. Visit the doctor if you experience; fever, vomiting, drooling, severe headache, chills, difficulty in breathing and inflamed lymph nodes. Spider bites take longer to heal than other bites so keep the area clean for faster and effective healing.
5. Mosquito Bites
Its that time of the year, where mosquitoes are ready to wreck havoc and disrupt your beauty sleep. Mosquito bites are pale bumps that appear in isolation and and appear lighter than the surrounding skin. Though very itchy, mosquito bites usually resolve themselves.To relieve mosquito bites, mix baking soda and vinegar to make a thick paste and rub on the affected area. The paste neutralizes the bites and provides immediate relief against itchiness. The mixture also acts as a protective barrier. Alternatively, apply toothpaste to provide a cooling and relieving sensation as well as ease the swelling.
6. Tick Bites
Ticks, mites, spiders and mosquitoes are carriers of Borrelia Burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease especially during warm weather. To prevent tick bites, carry a natural repellent that contains Deet, wear protective clothing and do a post walk/hike body check. Supposing you find a tick in your hair or on your skin, carefully place a pair of tweezers under the tick being as close as you can to the skin and pull it in the opposite direction.
Do not squeeze, tug, jerk or twist the ticks to lower the chances of transmitting bugs. Once removed, dispose it by flushing it down the toilet, not crushing it between the fingers
For relief, mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and dab on the bitten skin twice a day. Alternatively, soak a cotton swab in tea tree oil and dab the affected area twice a day.
Overall, prevention is better than cure. If you live in an environment where you are susceptible to bugs, snakes or other harmful creatures, take precaution.
This article is written true to the author’s knowledge and doesn’t substitute for any diagnosis, prescription, prognosis, treatment or advice from a health care professional.
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