Relieve itching after mosquito bites
On mild summer evenings, the risk of being bitten by a mosquito is particularly high. This is usually not a problem, but the itching caused by mosquito bites can sometimes be extremely bothersome. A doctor shares the best ways to relieve itching.
Doctor Summer Allen is a resident physician at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA). In a recent article from the institution, the doctor explains how best to relieve itching after mosquito bites. Because the most common measure - scraping - is the least useful.
Mosquitoes are in high season on balmy summer evenings
Insect repellents, window screens and long clothing can greatly reduce the risk of mosquito bites. But anyone who regularly goes out into the fresh air in the summer cannot avoid one or another mosquito bite.
In some places, mosquitoes can become a real scourge. Little bloodsuckers tirelessly use every chance of a bloody drink. What remains is a swollen area on the skin that is constantly itchy.
Why mosquito bites itch
"Mosquito saliva deposits in the skin at the site of the bite and causes a reaction," says Dr. Everyone This reaction to saliva causes penetrating itching that causes many sufferers to scratch.
But it's not a good idea for everyone because scratching can cause cracks in the skin. “This can progress to a bacterial infection,” warns the doctor. Scratching should therefore be reduced to a strict minimum, even if it is not easy to resist the urge to scratch.
The best remedies for itching caused by mosquito bites
However, there are many proven remedies that can provide quick relief from itching caused by mosquito bites. According to Dr. Everyone:Zinc oxide lotions, over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams, cold compresses.
"They relieve the intense burning and inflammation that you feel on the skin," explains the doctor.
Home remedies for itching after mosquito bites
The already mentioned rapid cooling is one of the most effective home remedies for mosquito bites. Because the cold causes the blood vessels to constrict and the reaction to the mosquito bite is slowed down.
In addition to cold water, ice cubes, and cooling pads, quark envelopes can also be used for cooling. Another good home remedy for mosquito bites is aloe vera. The gel of the plant cools the puncture site and at the same time has an anti-inflammatory, decongestant and anti-itching effect.
You can find more effective home remedies for mosquito bites in the article "Mosquito Bite - Treatment, Prevention and Risks". (vb)
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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.