No one is and will never be safe from insect bites, especially when the hot summer arrives. There are people, like me, who seem to exert a fatal attraction towards these annoying insects and apparently are more likely to suffer from their stinging bites.
Wherever we go we will always bump into one of these creatures at some point. Mosquitoes, bees, spiders, bedbugs, ticks, you name it. They are everywhere! It is impossible to avoid them.
In many occasions these bites don’t go beyond a minor skin irritation that resolves by itself after a couple of hours. But sometimes things could get complicated, like for example, when the victim is allergic, and a simple bite can cause a severe reaction of his immune system. In addition, there are several insects that are vectors of infectious diseases.
Common symptoms of insect bites include redness, minor skin irritations, itching and mild swelling. Many of these symptoms can be treated with effective home remedies without the need to use harsh chemicals that can be toxic to our bodies. The best remedy would be to avoid being beaten but we all know that is almost impossible.
Let’s go over some of the most effective home remedies for insect bites.
Applying an ice cube to the bite is the fastest and easiest remedy you can find. It will help to relieve the itching and burning sensation of the skin and will help to reduce the inflammation.
Among the most commonly used essential oils against insect bites we can find peppermint oil and lavender. Both help in soothing the skin causing a calming effect and decreasing the itching and burning sensation left by the bite. Just apply one or two drops to the affected area and you will notice a great relief in a couple of minutes. In addition, peppermint oil can also be used to prevent insects from biting. Just dilute a few drops with water and rub it on your skin.
A watery mixture of baking soda may help reduce itching and relieves irritation. You can also make a paste mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 10 drops of lavender oil. This remedy is very useful because it combines the properties of the baking soda with the soothing effect of lavender. Just apply the paste to the affected area for 30 minutes.
Toothpaste contains menthol which has similar effects to peppermint. Menthol will help because it has soothing and cooling properties. It is also an astringent and will help prevent further swelling.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a substance that has anti-inflammatory effects. So, applying a small slice of tomato to the affected area will help to reduce the skin irritation and inflammation. You will get better results if it is cold.
Vinegar can be helpful because it reduces the burning and stinging sensation. It is also a natural antiseptic and contains many enzymes that will help in the healing process. Just soak a piece of washcloth or absorbent paper in vinegar and apply it to the sting for a couple of minutes.
The magical aloe vera and its calming effects will help to reduce the pain, irritation and inflammation. It also acts like an antiseptic. You need to cut a fresh piece of aloe vera and extract the pulp. Apply it to the affected area.
Mix a spoonful of oatmeal with water to create a paste. Apply it to the bite for a couple of minutes and then wipe off. Oatmeal can reduce swelling and reduce itching due to its many antioxidants. It is also a great skin moisturizer.
Basil leaves have chemical substances that help to reduce minor skin irritations due to its cooling effects. You will need to crush various fresh leaves in a mortar and apply the resulting paste over the bite.
Although they share the same name, plantain leaves are very different to the leaves of the banana tree. This plant grows as a common weed and it can be recognized because it has vertical lines running along the leaves. They possess powerful healing effects. Just smash a couple of leaves and apply the paste to the bite.
As you can see there are plenty of home remedies we can use to treat and ease the discomfort caused by bug bites. Many of these mild symptoms will disappear in a matter of minutes or hours. On the other hand, many bug bites can cause severe allergic reactions and serious infectious diseases that can put our lives at risk. The important thing is to learn to recognize these serious symptoms and to know when to look for medical advice.