How To Treat Mosquito Bites
One of the best things any outdoor enthusiast can learn is how to deal with insect bites; specifically how to treat mosquito bites. The irritation on the skin stems from an allergic reaction to the saliva of the female mosquito feeding on your blood. Getting treatment for a mosquito bite need not wait until you're sleep deprived from the itching, it can start as soon as you notice the bite.
Things You'll Need:
- Calamine or hydrocortisone cream
- Cold pack
- Oral allergy medication
- Bandage (optional)
- Don't Scratch! Avoiding scratching is the first step to treat mosquito bites. Immediately apply a cold pack or piece of ice from your cooler and get to a place where you can treat the bite without getting more.
- Apply topical treatment. Rub a small dollop of hydrocortisone or calamine lotion onto the sites to treat mosquito bites. Don't rub the cream in, rather allow it to pool on top of the skin until it has dried.
- Determine the rub-factor. If the bite is located in a high-friction area such as between the thighs or under the arm, you may wish to apply a bandage to the area to prevent the irritation of mosquito bites.
- Go about your activity. If the bite is bothering you as you hike or partake in daily activities, take an over-the-counter allergy medication to treat the reaction your body is having to mosquito bites.
- Some people have severe reactions to mosquito bites. Seek emergency help if you or a member of your party develops fever, severe headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, rash, lethargy, confusion or sensitivity to light. In some areas, mosquitoes can transmit serious infections such as West Nile, malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, and severe symptoms may indicate an emergency situation.
- In a pinch, a paste made from baking soda and water can be used in place of a topical cream. Place it on the bite and allow the mixture to dry.