7 Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites to Instantly Relieve the Itch

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7 Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites to Instantly Relieve the Itchiness

I’m always a mosquito magnet during the summer! Not only do they always come after me more than anyone else when I’m out, but I also get what’s called skeeter syndrome. Sounds funny, but all it means is that when you get bit by a mosquito, your body has an allergic reaction to the protein in the mosquito saliva.  The area can swell up significantly and become very red and sore. This started to happen to me a few summers ago when I went on vacation in Florida, a few of my mosquito bites swelled up four times the size of a typical bite. Ouch! I wish I knew about some of these natural remedies for mosquito bites back then!

Even though I always try to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, it’s impossible to avoid them completely. When I do get bite, I have found some really simple and 100% natural go to remedies for mosquito bites to instantly relieve the itchiness and reduce the swelling.

Why Mosquito Bites Itch

Female mosquitoes use their proboscis to poke your skin and suck blood out they need to make eggs. When they do this, they use their saliva containing anticoagulants to allow them to get the blood fast.

After the mosquito is done, some of the saliva is left in your skin and your body’s immune system responds to the saliva and makes antibodies attaching to the antigens resulting in histamine release.

The histamine starts an inflammatory response and also causes blood vessels around the bite to swell resulting in itchiness.

Why do Mosquitoes Prefer Some People Over Others?

If you are a mosquito magnet you may be wondering why mosquitoes prefer you. It’s true, mosquitoes will deliberately pick certain people (20% of us) and this has actually been proven scientifically! Mosquitoes use their senses to detect heat, visual cues, carbon dioxide and odors. The female mosquito is very particular!

Here are some of the factors that influence the mosquitoes to pick you!

  • Some studies found that mosquitoes prefer people with type O blood and that mosquitoes can tell this because some people chemically secrete a signal through skin as to their blood type.
  • Mosquitoes like people who exhale more carbon dioxide (generally larger people). Also, pregnant women are targeted because they exhale more carbon dioxide.
  • Mosquitoes prefer people with body temps that are higher and they are attracted by sweat and lactic acid. This is why if you have just been exercising you are favored.
  • If you have more bacteria with few different types on your skin. Ankles and feet are targeted for this reason, they like the smell of the bacteria there.
  • If you have been drinking beer it is also a factor because of the ethanol in your sweat or the increase in your body temperature.

Here are the 7 Best Remedies for Mosquito Bites to Relieve Itching

1. Baking Soda Paste

Take baking soda and mix it in water to make a paste. Apply it to the mosquito bite and on the skin surrounding the area. It instantly relieves the itchiness! After the paste dries on your skin (it may dry in about 15 minutes), you can reapply to get more relief. You can also make a mixture of witch hazel and baking soda and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

It works because baking soda is alkaline neutralizing your skin’s pH resulting in relief.

This is my favorite go to remedy because it works fast. Instantly in fact, as soon as it’s applied I get relief!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Take a cotton ball and dip it in pure apple cider vinegar. Apply the cotton ball to your mosquito bite and rub it on the area. The vinegar’s acidity helps stop the itch.

3. Apply a Cold or Hot Spoon

Take a spoon and put it in your freezer or just keep one there for when needed. Take out the spoon and apply it to your mosquito bite. It provides instant relief from the itchiness and the cold numbs the area and reduces the inflammation. Not only a spoon works but just anything that is cold, it could be an ice pack or frozen veggies.

Applying heat to the area helps reduce your body’s reaction to the bite. To do this, take a spoon and dip it in hot water, but not so hot that it will burn your skin. Hold it on the bite area to reduce inflammation and itching.

4. Using the Inside of a Banana Peel?

Take the inside of a banana peel and rub it on the area. I never had much success with this one, but many online say they do. It may be worth a try, especially since you probably already have a banana in your kitchen.

5. Essential Oils

There are several essentials that can be great natural remedies for mosquito bites because they are anti-inflammatory, reduce the itchiness and swelling. The best ones to use for mosquito bites are tea tree oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and cedar oil. Mix a couple drops of one or more of these essential oils with water and put it directly on the bite.

6. Cut a Freshly Sliced Piece of Onion

Apply a fresh cut onion to the bite area immediately. Onion not only helps to keep swelling down and stop itching, but it also helps pull the fluids out of the bite.

7. Apply Lemon Slice to Area.

Lemons are anti-inflammatory and also antiseptic. Cut the lemon in two and rub the slice over the skin. Lemon juice is also helpful as an anesthetic to prevent infection.

Have you tried any of these natural remedies for mosquito bites? Let us know which ones have worked for you!

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  1. Barbara Macksey says

    I have not tried any remedies you list above but. I would like to add one that works for me.
    I have used Roll-On deodorant, any brand. Must be roll on not paste.

  2. Angie says

    I too am a magnet for biting bugs of all types, & live deep in the middles of a wooded area, & tend to have almost severe allergic skin reactions to simple mosquito & deer-tick bites. I have tried many things to stop the horrible itching & inflammation & have found that works best for me so far has been J.R. Watkins Pain Relieving Liniment. It seems to me that the bites heal faster with it too. However, I haven’t ever heard of the onion before now & am curious to give that a try, although I don’t relish smelling like strong onions all day!

  3. Tiffany says

    I have tired the baking soda & water paste. It works great on bites as well as boils that some women get. No matter the area, apply and leave for at least 15 minutes. Relief will come fast my friends.

  4. Khitanian says

    I wonder if anybody uses soap these days. But a bit of soapy water will do the trick. It may sting a bit, but will be a great relief if you have a really ichy bite.

    • Angie says

      Actually, applying liquid clothes detergent is also a great way to relieve the itch as it typically has allergen reducers in it. I’ve used this method many times & it always works on the more minor bites. The only thing is once it rubs or washes off the itching starts back up fairly quickly, & I haven’t found it to help the bites heal any faster. But it’s an easy & quick fix.

  5. Patience says

    Much easier than any if those – use your thumb nail to press an x into the bump. It breaks up the poison and dilutes it so it doesn’t itch. Don’t do it to a flee bite though, it will just give you a bigger itchy bite.

    • Gytha says

      My momma taught me the one with pressing an x with a nail – never worked for me ><

      This summer I started applying coconut oil to the bite – works like a charm :)

      Also tried using a banana peal – it relieves the itch somewhat, but for me coconut oil is better.

  6. Tim says

    If jewel weed grows in your area, its a good treatment for skeeter bites. Just grab a couple leaves, smash them up a bit till the juice is released, then rub on the bites. It works fast. No you can’t buy jewel weed products in the store. It just doesnt lend itself to that. Or, eat a clove of raw, crushed garlic daily to make yourself less appetizing to the skeeters, ticks, fleas, chiggers…


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