How To Treat Mosquito Bites

So, you just got back from your camping trip…

And your legs are covered with Mosquito Bites…

Don’t you want to ScRaTcH, ScRaTcH, ScRaTcH?

DON’T DO IT!

It will only make the condition worse.

River Region Pest Control can protect you from pesky mosquitoes in your own backyard, but when you venture out into the Great Outdoors you might need a little help if those wild skeeters get the best of you.

Watch the following 4 minute video for tips about itch relief and avoiding infection.

The Itch Is Worse Than The Bite

Intro:

“Here are some tips on how to treat mosquito bites to minimize discomfort and avoid infection.

Keep in mind that the most irritating thing about a mosquito bite is the itchiness it causes.”

Mosquito Treatments

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Having enough information about how to treat mosquito bites can improve camping, picnics, and other outdoor experiences.

Mosquitoes are, unfortunately, so much a part of nature, and incursions into their habitat will give them access to you.

Mosquito bites are quite common; in many parts of the world, people take them in stride as they have developed some sort of immunity to them. But to many, these bites can be quite annoying, if not downright painful, especially if they get infected and swollen.

Here are some tips on how to treat mosquito bites to minimize discomfort and avoid infection.

Keep in mind that the most irritating thing about a mosquito bite is the itchiness is it causes.

Do not, under any circumstances, scratch!

Doing so can cause breaks in the skin through which infection can enter. Scratching will feel like you’re relieving the itch, but it actually worsens the problem.

Try the remedies below instead:

  1. Wash the bitten skin with antibacterial soap and water. The lye in the soap will help relieve itchiness and reduce the chances of infection. Pat dry gently, resist the temptation to rub the skin with a scratchy towel.
  2. Wrap one or two ice cubes in a t-shirt or towel, and hold this right on top of the bite. If you have an ice pack, it will work just as well. It will relieve the itch and help reduce the redness and swelling. This will be helpful, especially for small children, as the remedy is quick and the relief is almost instant.
  3. Apply an itch-relief paste or lotion on the bite. You can try any of the following, depending on the ingredients you have at hand:
    • A) Aloe Vera gel from the Aloe Vera plant. If you have one in a pot or in your garden, take one leaf, and slice it in half lengthwise. Rub the side with the gel on the mosquito bite for immediate relief. The gel will boost your immune response and soothe the irritation and swelling. It is also useful for treating other insect bites, sunburns and skin irritation, which makes it a valuable plant to have around.
    • B) Make a paste from three (3) parts baking soda to one (1) part water. Use this paste by applying it on top of the bite and allowing it to dry.
    • C) Apply Calamine lotion or Caladryl on the bite. Do not rub; just allow it to sit on top of the bite for as long as possible.
    • D) You can also try putting hydrocortisone cream on the bite, but only after making sure you have no allergy or adverse reaction to such medication.
  4. In addition to the above methods for relieving the itch and irritation, you can take an over-the-counter antihistamine medication. This works to prevent the spread of the histamine that causes swelling and itching from the bite. Again, take it only after making sure you have no allergies, and only as directed.
  5. For young children who may not be able to help scratching themselves, especially while asleep, put a band-aid over the bite. If you are scrupulous about not scratching, you should have no scars from the bite.

A mosquito bite is usually negligible and if treated properly, leaves no visible scar. But if you scratch, you might want to use an over-the-counter scar fading cream to reduce the scarring.

Mosquito bites are minor irritations and not worth giving up the outdoors.

You don’t have to let the risk stop you, now that you know how to treat mosquito bites!

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How To Prevent Mosquito Bite?

How, you ask?

Well, you hide from the mosquitoes. And we don’t mean shutting yourself indoors all day everyday.

You can use an insect repellant.

The most common and effective repellents are DEET and products containing Picaridin (pee-car-din), which both work the same way.

Mosquitoes have 72 types of odor receptors in an antenna like structure near their mouths. 27 of them are dedicated to sniffing out a good human target.

Quick fun fact: Studies have suggested that beer drinking, having O-blood type, being pregnant, and secreting lactic acid during a hard workout all make you more attractive to types of mosquitoes that carry Malaria or yellow fever.

Aside from those, mosquitoes love the scent of fresh carbon dioxide, which is unfortunate for all of those with functioning respiratory systems since we breathe out carbon dioxide.

We also breathe out another mosquito-attracting chemical called Octenol (OC-tin-all).

Now what DEET and Picaridin do is corrupt the mosquito’s odor receptors. They block their ability to detect carbon dioxide, octenol and some of the other 400 compounds on your skin, making you essentially invisible to mosquitoes.

Picaridin is just a little bit better when it comes to mosquito repelling than DEET, and it’s less irritating on skin.

However if you’re in a pinch you can always use Victoria Secret’s Bombshell.

No, seriously! It’s proven effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Certain types of bug zappers pump out carbon dioxide and octenol, tricking mosquitoes into thinking they’ve detected a tasty human and well, you know what happens after that.

In light of this recent Zika epidemic, scientists have been proposing some controversial ways to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

These include ways of introducing genetically modified mosquitoes into wild populations to sterilize mosquitoes, kill their offspring, or make them bad at transmitting disease.

But before settling on any of these mosquito options, officials have asked people to protect themselves, and have even asked women to stop getting pregnant in some countries.

So if you’re going outside and you know there will be mosquitoes around, stay safe.

Make sure to put on some repellent.

Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?

Many of us just think of mosquitoes as annoying creatures.

But those pests are also the most dangerous animals in the world.

They spread:

  • Zika
  • Dengue
  • Chikungunya, and
  • Malaria

But you may have noticed mosquitoes bite some people more than others.

Scientists have figured out that it’s not because “Your blood is sweet”.

It has more to do with the smell of your skin.

Everyone’s skin is covered in different combinations of bacteria.

And those bacteria all produce different chemicals.

The smells created by some combinations of those chemicals make certain unlucky people irresistible to mosquitoes.

Research also suggests mosquitoes are attracted to people exercising.

The increased body temperature acts like a dinner bell.

They’re also drawn in by:

  • The carbon dioxide we exhale
  • Lactic acid
  • And they seem to be attracted to beer drinkers

So if you think that mosquitoes bother you in particular – YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT!

Make sure to use good repellent.

Only insect repellents with DEET or Permethrin will keep you off the menu.

Be sure to use if you are traveling to a place with mosquito-borne disease.

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