Mosquitoes leave behind saliva, which kick-starts our immune response and the itch. Try these tricks and products to off-set the reaction and take away the urge to scratch.
1. The x-trick
Press an X into the centre of the bite with a clean fingernail. It sounds silly, but many people swear this trick works.
2. Hot spoon
Place a spoon in hot water for a minute. Remove and let cool for 10 seconds, then lay the warm spoon on the bump. Don’t knock it till you try it!
3. Natural oils
4. After Bite
Small and portable, After Bite contains baking soda, tea tree oil, and aloe vera, which are meant to stop the itch while soothing and moisturizing the skin.
5. Benadryl Itch Stick
Benadryl’s Itch Stick contains a topical analgesic and antihistamine to help soothe itchiness and pain associated with bug bites.
6. Calamine lotion
Yep, it’ll leave conspicuous pale-pink dots everywhere, but Calamine, which is zinc oxide based, helps relieve itching and is considered safe.
7. Polysporin Itch Relief Lotion
This Polysporin cooling lotion promises to quickly reduce pain and itching from mosquito and other bug bites, and as an added bonus, its clear formula won’t leave behind any chalky residue!
8. Satya Eczema Relief Stick
The Satya Eczema Relief Stick isn’t just for eczema. Its topical anti-inflammatory formula is also ideal for fighting the itch and irritation associated with bug bites, plus, it’s organic, fragrance-free and steroid-free.
9. Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream (1%)
1% hydrocortisone anti-itch cream is great for relieving minor skin irritations, itching and redness and is a great over-the-counter option for effective bug bite relief!
10. Therapik Insect Bite Treatment
It sounds like it shouldn’t work but parents swear it does! Therapik increases blood flow to the affected area, while venom from a wide range of insects gets neutralized by heat.