(Closed) NWR: How do you deal with mosquito bites?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s a weird one, but I circle my bug bites with a ball point pen! My uncle told it to me when I was younger and I haven’t been doing it ever since. It seems to work!

Or I will use my nails to make an X in the middle of it. It will hurt for a second, but it helps too!

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I wash the area well with warm water and soap, rinse thoroughly, pat dry (don’t rub dry – it’s too similar to scratching), and then use the aveeno lotion with oatmeal on them. They stop itching within a few minutes and are gone by the next day.

You could do an actual oatmeal mask on them too, if you’re at home. Oatmeal is great for itch!

Whatever you do, don’t scratch at all! It will only make it worse.

Also, if you eat bananas or take vitamin b1, it helps prevent bites in the first place – there’s something about b1 that mosquitos don’t like.

Post # 5
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I do the nail x thing, too! Another thing I always heard is to put salvia on them, but not your own. I’m weird, I guess and I actually will tell my dog to lick my ankle. He does, and it seems to help.

Post # 6
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

There’s bug bite stuff you can get in a little pen, or if you’ve got it, make a paste out of baking soda and water and dab it on… clearly that’s for if you’re at home.  🙂

Post # 7
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@helenberrycrunch: I’ve heard the saliva thing too! For mosquito bites (and almost any bite) I make a baking soda/milk mixture and leave it on for about 10 minutes as a paste- it draws out toxins and makes the itching stop. 

Post # 8
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

baking soda + water or epsom salts + water

I’ve also heard crushed aspirin (non enteric coated) + water works, but I haven’t tried it personally

Post # 9
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: yes! I type too slow :p


@ddw: Wow, thanks for the tip about b1…I was just commenting the other night about how I’m the only one in a group that ever gets singled out by mosquitos and I always get the golf ball sized welts! I guess I need some vitamins!

Post # 10
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

To help relieve the itch for a little while, run your feet under the hottest water you can stand. They will itch like crazy while the water is running over them, but once you take it away, the itch should almost immediately stop. The hot water releases the histamine (which is what makes you itch)…and once you pull it out from under the hot water, it should stop itching. Just pat your feet try with a towel and you should be ok for at least a few hours.

Post # 11
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I usually hit the bug bite when it is itching and it temporarily relieves the itch so that I don’t scratch. 

@twodoghouse:  I read online that putting scotch tape on the bites might help so now I’m sitting here with bits of tape all over my feet (cute).

LOL @ the mental image!

Post # 12
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I use AfterBite — comes in a “pen” (think: tide-to-go pen).  Works great!

Post # 13
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Haha, I do the “X” thing too!

Post # 15
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

This summer, I worked at a day camp, and I got 81 bug bites the night we had an overnight. I am not exaggerating, it was excruciating, and yes, I counted each of those itchy little things! I got an ointment from the drugstore called itch-x I believe, it’s a topical number and it worked wonders!

Post # 16
4485 posts
Honey bee

I’ve known people who eat tons of bananas and they are still attractive to mosquitos. So it seems weird that diet prevents them.

Some people are attractive to them and others aren’t. If you are unable to avoid areas of standing water where they habitate and don’t use repellant of any kind, then they will find you. Try not to scratch them if at all possible, but if you must, then scratch outside the area, not on the bite. Marking an X with your nail on the bite does work temporarily. Cortisone cream works great too.

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