Major bug bite symptoms are painful, redness, swelling, irritation and itching. The bites make you feel uncomfortable and itchy. How to treat the bug bites and heal them fast? Here are some treatments for every type of bug bite.
(1) Don’t scratch the mosquito bites
Scratching a mosquito bite is the worst thing you do. Scratching your skin can’t stop itching. A mosquito bite releases histamine and causes itching. If you keep scratching the bite, more histamine will be released and make you feel itchier. Don’t scratch the bite to avoid the infection of the outer layer of your skin.
(2) Apply medication on the bites
You can also apply medication on the bites to reduce redness, relieve the pain and itching. Hydrocortisone cream has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, which can reduce swelling and itching. Hemorrhoid cream is also great for bug bites. Dap a bit of cream onto the bites can help kill the itch and heal faster. But these medications may not be suitable for everyone. You should seek medical advice in advance.
(3) Put ice on bites
Put a cold compress or a bag filled with ice on the bug bites can provide you an instant and short-term relief. Cold temperature can help reduce itching and inflammation caused by bug bites. Don’t leave the ice directly on the bitten area for over 5 minutes as it can hurt your skin.
(4) Soothe bites with essential oil
Essential oils are highly concentrated distilled extracts from certain plants. Some of them contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to treat bug bites. Basil essential oil is great for all types of bug bites, such as bee stings. Lavender oil is helpful for bee stings, spider bites and fire ant bites. Mint essential oil not only provides a cooling effect to the bites but also help keep insects away. These essential oils help relieve pain and itching significantly.