Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Relieve Those Bug Bites!

Happy First Day of Summer!! With all those lovely BBQs, picnics, and outdoor activities comes mosquitoes. It's inevitable. We will get bitten by one of these pesky flying things before the summer is out. I can promise you that. I just got back from Maine (gorgeous, by the way) but I have never had more mosquito bites ever in my life. These would wake me up in the middle of the night they itched so badly and I would not be able to get back to sleep. Here are some ideas I have found throughout the internet world to help prevent the bites and relieve the pain. So go outside and enjoy the weather!

Beautiful Google Drawing for today, the Summer Soltice. By Takashi Murakami

Home Remedy Solutions:

  • Mix baking soda and water to make a paste to rub on the bite
  • Rub a bar of soap on the bite
  • Wrap a wet washcloth around the area, or an ice pack, or a heat pack (I like the super hot heat pack!)
  • Apply aloe vera lotion or gel to help reduce swelling
  • Apply chamomile lotion to reduce itch. (I had a chamomile tea bag that I place in hot water and let it sit on my bites and it actually worked instantly for me, very soothing)
  • Apply deodorant to the area, preferably one with aluminum 
  • Blow a hot hair dryer over the bite

Medicine and Over The Counter Solutions:

  • Anti-itch cream (I use Cortizone-10) that contains hydrocortisone
  • Anti-inflammitory drugs such as Ibuprofen to reduce redness
  • Anti-histamine drugs such as benadryl to reduce swelling and itching
  • GoldBond or Tiger Balm

Preventing Those Bites!

  • Always apply those spray repellents as they do actually work! One containing DEET will be best
  • If you know you'll be out for the day, shower in the morning to rid any sweat or salts on your body. 
  • Try to resist from using perfumes or scented lotions, the buggies like the sweet smells
  • Take Vitamin B supplements, it is said that mosquitoes are not attracted to B1
  • Wear covered clothing such as long sleeve shirts and pants. Try spraying the repellent on your clothing as well
  • Use a classic Citronella candle
  • Place some pure vanilla or lavender drops on your pulse points. Buggies don't like these scents!

What remedies do you use to relieve the itch itch itch from these bites? Please share in the comments what works best for you! I'm still scratching over here so I would love some more suggestions :)

There was not a classic How-To Tuesday today because I just got back from vacation. Here are some old How-To's that you can browse any time:
Make Paper Flower Hair Pins
Make an Easel Card
Make Summer Pin Wheels

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  1. Those mosquitoes (or mozzies as they called them when I lived in Australia) always get me too!!! One summer after a camping trip, I counted 76 of them on my body! It was awful!!! Aloe vera is my remedy... I swear by it!

  2. Heidi... Thank you I JUST bought some pure aloe gel. Ahhh feels so soothing :)