The whiny sound a mosquito makes in your ear can leave you perturbed. However, this feeling is almost always temporary and is, in comparison, nothing like the itch that follows after a bite from a mosquito. Why do mosquito bites itch and leave victims in so much discomfort? How long does a mosquito bite itch last? The more pressing question is, what can be done to stop mosquito bites from itching?
Mosquito Bites and Why They Itch?
When the saliva from a mosquito’s bite enters the body of a human being, the victim’s immune system treats it as a foreign substance. This triggers the immune system to release histamine to fight the foreign substance or infection. Histamine directs white blood cells and increased blood flow to the infection site, resulting in inflammation. This increased swelling and nerves in the neighboring membranes cause the mosquito bite to itch.
How Long Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
As time passes, the mosquito bite gradually heals, and the itching sensation wanes. As the irritation from the bite dissipates, the skin will take on a less red shade. Mosquito bites usually itch between three to four days. It is worth adding that the time frame can be different for different individuals.
How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching?
There are several tried-and-true methods to alleviate the itch of a mosquito bite such as a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, but the methods utilized by people are apparently endless!
Outlined below are a few home remedies to help stop the itch caused by mosquito bites:
Don’t Scratch the Bite Site
While this may sound obvious and rather easy, it is a remedy that works. The less you scratch the bite area, the less inflamed and irritated it will be.
Use Baking Soda Paste
Form a paste by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with enough water. Apply this paste to the bite area and then wash off the mixture with water after 10 minutes.
Apply Ice on the Bite Area
Applying an ice pack to a mosquito bite can help reduce the inflammation, thereby lessening the itch.
Heat Up the Bite Area
Just like cooling the bite area, applying heat to the bite area has the same effect. Turn the shower up as high as your body can take and place the bite area under the hot water.
Witch hazel is natural remedy that’s utilized for treating mosquito bites. Applying a dab to an inflamed mosquito bite can reduce irritation and accelerate healing.
Another natural remedy is the application of primrose oil to a mosquito bite area. This can help reduce swelling and itching.
While it isn’t advised to wear outside as it can attract more bugs, honey can help soothe an itching bite when applied on the bite area.
Rub a slice of lime or lemon on the bite area to use as an anti-inflammatory.
One important piece of information to keep in mind is, If There’s No Bite, There’s No Itch. This is why it is important to keep your home and surroundings clean and free of stagnant water. Mosquitoes can rarely breed or thrive in clean environments that lack stagnant water.
As this article clearly shows, there are several remedies to address mosquito bite itch. However, the best solution is to do every necessary precaution to avoid mosquito bites altogether. For the most part, you are responsible for your safety and overall well-being.
In the event of a mosquito infestation in your yard, the best course of action is to contact pest control experts to come to your assistance.