How to Soothe Itchy Mosquito Bites

Posted on August 14th, 2020 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

No one likes mosquito bites! One of the annoyances that comes with the beautiful summer weather are those pesky mosquitoes. Whether you’re at the beach or enjoying some time in your yard, they seem to always be around. Mosquito bites can leave itchy, irritated, swollen bumps that will bother you for days.  

At Home Mosquito Bite Remedies

Try out these easy at-home remedies to help stop the itch and irritation that comes from a mosquito bite:

  • Clean the bite with rubbing alcohol – If you’re able to, wipe some rubbing alcohol on the bite soon after getting it to relieve the itching quickly.  
  • Apply the right cream or lotion – Putting calamine lotion or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream on the bite can help reduce the itching. If you don’t have either, try a mix of baking soda and water and reapply several times daily until the itching subsides.
  • Apply aloe vera – Aloe vera gel can help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Applying it when its cold can also help soothe the itching!
  • Apply a cold compress – Placing an ice pack or a cold, wet cloth on the bite for a few minutes can provide itch and irritation relief.
  • Take an oral antihistamine – If you’re experiencing a more severe reaction, try taking an over-the-counter antihistamine to stop serious swelling and itch.

When to See a Doctor

Typically, mosquito bites aren’t a cause for concern, and they can be easily managed at home. If you start to experience any of these more severe symptoms, seek medical attention: 

  • Blisters
  • Lesions
  • Hives
  • High fever
  • Joint inflammation

In extreme cases, it’s possible to go into anaphylaxis shock and be sure to seek immediate medical attention and use an EpiPen if you have. Make sure to look out for these symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Throat closing

Orthopaedist in Connecticut

If you have an injury or are in pain, give the Orthopaedic Specialty group a call at (203) 337-2600 and let us know how we can help you!