Vick’s VapoRub for Mosquito Bites
Imagine this scenario. You are out camping with your friends and everyone is have a great time until the sun starts going down and the mosquitoes start coming out. Everyone is getting bit by the mosquitoes, which wouldn’t be a big deal, but everyone forget to bring mosquito repellent or any type of itch remedy. What would you do?
First, you would hope someone in the group was a bit congested and brought some Vick’s VapoRub with them. Rubbing the cream on the mosquito bite will stop the itching and redness. It works wonders because the menthol in the cream works as a local anesthetic, essentially numbing you to the itch.
While some people would prefer toothpaste for a bug bite, Vick’s has the advantage of being made for skin application and it won’t leave any white residue on your skin. It can be used on bee stings as well.
Next time, bring Vick’s VapoRub with you when you go camping.
Scotch Tape or Nail Polish Stops Mosquito Bite Itching
Another clever way to get rid of the itching and redness associated with a mosquito bite is covering the bite with scotch tape or nail polish. While there is no scientific evidence to support whether this works, many people swear by it, claiming it works the same way duct tape works to remove a wart. By sealing off the bug bite, or the wart, air can’t get to the bite and it keeps the area around the bite more stable when the mosquitoes anti-clotting proteins set off nerve endings.
Alka-Seltzer Relieves Itch After 30 Minutes
If you are desperate for any type of relief from an itch, you could use Alka-Seltzer. Simply dissolve two tablets in warm water and then dab on the skin with a cotton ball. The only downside is this home remedy takes about 30 minutes to kick in.
Meat Tenderizer Breaks Down Insect Bite Proteins
Let’s say you don’t have any of items above when you are camping but for some reason you have meat tenderizer. Guess what? You are in luck, because meat tenderizer can relieve a mosquito bite. It works to break down the proteins left over from the bite, the same proteins that cause you to itch. Broken down proteins means no more itch.
Cooking Mosquito Bites to Stop Itching
One of the best ways to get rid of an itchy mosquito bite, or other bites like that from a spider or fire ant, can be cured with heat. All you need to do is apply heat, for example a hair dryer, to the bite and keep it there until you can’t stand the heat. The heat changes the proteins in the mosquito’s saliva, making the bite stop itching.