Simple remedies that will help stop scratching mosquito bites

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Oatmeal, chamomile tea and even baking soda can relieve itching after a mosquito bite

Mosquito bites are a spoilsport of summer. The resulting itching is difficult to endure and the scratched skin can become inflamed and take a long time to heal. Fortunately, the problem can be solved at the very beginning by treating the bitten area properly.

OBOZREVATEL has collected several ways to cope with a mosquito bite. To do this, you will need simple and affordable products, many of which can be found in every kitchen.


Oats contain compounds that can reduce skin irritation, so you can make a healing compress from it. To do this, mix equal amounts of cereal and water in a bowl until a more or less homogeneous porridge is formed. Put it on a clean cloth and cover the place of the bite for 10 minutes. Rinse off the remnants of the remedy afterwards.

If there are many bites, you can take a bath with oatmeal. To do this, add 1 cup of cereal or ground groats to the warm water. It is better to pre-wrap them in gauze, so that the grain gave its useful substances, but did not clog the pipes. You need to lie down for 20 minutes.

Stabbed ice

As cold relieves inflammation, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying ice compresses to mosquito bites. But it is best to apply through several layers of cloth or in a special compress bag. It can be done for 5-10 minutes several times a day.

Warm compress

It seems counterintuitive to some, but heat can also relieve itching after a mosquito bite. Soak a clean cloth in water that feels as warm as you can stand and not burn yourself. Squeeze the cloth and apply it to the bite site. Re-wet it repeatedly to keep it warm and to allow the treatment to last up to 10 minutes. Do not use heat treatment on damaged skin.


Honey has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can help overcome itching after a mosquito bite. Apply a drop of the remedy to the affected area. The sticky substance can also keep you from scratching the bite. This method may not work for people who are prone to allergies.

Aloe vera

The juice of this plant has many benefits for the skin, particularly in helping to heal mosquito bites. Cut a small piece of aloe leaf and slit it lengthwise. Apply the gel-like juice that comes out of the cut to the irritated area. Allow it to dry and apply again if necessary.

Baking soda

A paste made of well-known baking soda can also take the itching from a bite away. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with water to make a paste-like substance and put the mixture on the affected area. Wash off the remedy after 10 minutes. If skin irritation starts to develop, stop the treatment immediately.


The antioxidants found in the leaves of aromatic basil can reduce inflammation. To prepare an antipruritic remedy, boil 2 cups of water and pour over 15 grams of dried basil leaves. When the infusion cools, dip a soft cloth and gently wipe mosquito bites. In addition, you can crush fresh basil leaves to the state of porridge and rub it into the affected skin. But make sure that there is no irritation.


A drop of apple cider vinegar applied on the bite site can also help with itching. You can make vinegar compresses. To do this, dilute the remedy in equal parts with cold water, wet a soft cloth with the solution and apply it to the affected area. If you have a lot of bites, dilute 2 cups of vinegar in a warm bath and lie down for 20 minutes. Make sure that the water is not too hot. In case of irritation, stop the treatment.


Fresh onion juice can also help with mosquito bites. Simply cut a slice of fresh onion and apply it to the bite for a few minutes. Rinse the treated skin thoroughly afterwards.


To get the most out of thyme, crush the fresh leaves into mush. Apply directly to the bite and leave it on for 10 minutes. You can also prepare a thyme infusion by dipping a few sprigs of thyme in boiling water. When it cools, you can use cloth compresses for a few minutes. An ice cube can be wrapped in a cloth soaked in thyme water would be even better.

Peppermint essential oil

This remedy can reduce itching in various skin conditions, in particular with mosquito bites. Essential oils should not be applied directly. Mix a few drops of the remedy with a neutral oil like sunflower or olive oil, apply the mixture to the bitten area and gently rub it in. Peppermint oil can also be added to the bath to get the effect of skin soothing. To do this, it is better to pre-mix it with a tablespoon of table salt. This treatment of mosquito bites is not suitable for children's skin.


Another aromatic plant that helps with itchy skin. The method of its application is similar to the use of basil or thyme. Melissa can be grated into a mush and applied to the bite, used as therapeutic infusion or added to a bath.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can be purchased in any pharmacy or even in the supermarket. Brew a cup, squeeze the bag and let it cool so that it does not burn the skin. Apply it to the place of the bite when it is ready. Keep it for 10 minutes. You can also use the tea itself to treat the affected skin.


Garlic can also be a great remedy, but you can not apply it directly especially on combed or damaged skin. To take advantage of the properties of garlic, crush one clove and mix it with neutral cream or petroleum jelly for the skin. Leave the resulting mixture on the bite for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat the treatment if necessary.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL reported on clothes colors that are better to avoid so as not to attract mosquitoes.

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