Summer is here and with her warm glory she’s brought a horde of insects that may be looking to feast on your blood or might sting you if they feel threatened by your presence. If you’ve been bitten by an insect it can cause mild to severe irritation and in some cases, can be excruciatingly painful. To treat these severe insect bites you can either run up to your local pharmacist or you can even treat them with some natural ingredients available in your home. Depending on the type of insect you’ve been bitten by, you can evaluate the intensity of treatment you should use.
If you happen to have visited a damp area that has stagnant water around, you’re likely to have experienced being bitten by a mosquito. In many cases, the individual being bitten might not even notice it until later as mosquito saliva may contain numbing agents. In most cases, mosquito bites do not require treatment as the immune system recognizes the mosquito saliva as a foreign substance and releases histamines. The affected area might itch and swell slightly. If the irritation persists, try using some of the natural remedies listed below.
Wasp Or Bee Stings
If you’ve been stung by a wasp or a bee, it can be extremely painful. The first step to take in the event this happens to you is to ensure that the stinger is removed from your skin. While removing the stinger, ensure that you scrape it out of your skin rather than pulling it out. This is the most effective way to ensure that no more venom is pumped into the skin. You can use a credit card, a blunt knife or even your fingernail to do this. After this step, try using some of the natural remedies listed below to ease the pain.
Most spider bites just cause mild inflammation and itching. But if you’ve been bitten by a spider and have identified it to be a poisonous species, please ensure that you get medical treatment immediately.
Home Remedies For Insect Bites/Sting
1. Ice Or Ice Pack
The ice will help ease the inflammation and itchiness you may be feeling. By numbing the area slightly with the ice, it a sure way to get relief. Ensure that you don’t press the ice against your skin for too long. About ten to fifteen minutes should do the trick.
The menthol and baking soda in the toothpaste has been found to cause a cooling effect which may help bring about relief from the irritation.Toothpaste also acts as an astringent drawing out the fluids causing inflammation.
3. Essential Oils
Although there is no scientific evidence as to the positive effects of essential oil on the skin, many people claim to have experienced relief on using them. Some of the essential oils that you can try are tea tree oil and lavender oil that are known for their antibacterial properties. Please note that essential oils are highly concentrated and must be applied in very small quantities.
4. Lemon Juice
If you haven’t touched the affected area, you can use lemon and lime juice on it as it’s known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve scratched or rubbed the bite, you may have ruptured some skin cells and in this case, it’s not advisable to apply lime juice as it may cause a burning sensation.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar acts as a disinfectant and is known for it’s anti inflammatory properties. It will help stop the itching and bring about a soothing effect. You can dilute the apple cider vinegar slightly and let it soak in a cotton ball. Then tape the cotton on the affected area and let it sit for awhile.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate may ease the irritation caused by the bug bite. You can apply a paste made by mixing baking soda to water or even apply the powder directly to the affected area.
Honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great ingredient for treating bug bites. Be sure to wash the affected area mildly with soap and water before applying the honey so that none of the contaminants on your skin re-enter the wound.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is great for bug bites as it is a natural antiseptic and can help with the healing process. It will also bring relief to the affected area as it has a cooling and soothing feel to it. If you have an aloe vera plant, then you can cut up the jelly like substance from within the leaf and apply it directly on the skin. If you don’t, you can use the regular store-bought cream or gel for this purpose.