Just a short bit for you here on how to properly treat a mosquito bite and get rid of it as quickly as possible–there are definitely some treatments here that you probably haven’t heard of before (I hadn’t: bananas?).
I’ve got a few simple tips for you to help prevent and get rid of mosquito bites and then a video done by a nurse on how to properly treat them. Right, here we go:
- Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so if you can help it try not to be outside at these times especially if your particular area has got an especially acute mosquito problem.
- Mosquitoes tend to congregate and breed in and around still (stagnant) bodies of water–if you’ve got any (swimming pools, bird baths, buckets, etc.) that you can get rid of, do so, if you can avoid hanging around any such bodies of water (such as ponds and swamps), you should obviously do so.
- If you know that there’s a good chance that you’re going to be exposed to mosquitoes, obviously using a mosquito repellent cream or spray is mandatory: currently the most popular one on Amazon is 3M SRL-12 Ultrathon Insect Repellent Cream (those electronic ultra-sonic repellers are popular and seem to be getting good reviews as well–I thought those were complete BS when they first came out, maybe not).
- Once you get a mosquito bite, it needs to be treated immediately, and one of the first things you should do is hit it with an anti-itch cream to prevent itching, which will cause swelling and bleeding. The best one I’ve ever tried (and is the bestselling insect bite treatment on Amazon) is Tender After Bite Extra. If you haven’t got any handy, the next best thing to do is to rub the inside of a banana peel on it–I’m not kidding, it really works, just remember to leave it on there long enough for it to work (15 minutes or so).
Right, here’s what the medical professionals have got to say about this:
Additional Resources and Further Reading
HowtoGetRidofThings.com (appropriately named) has got a really good, detailed article on how to get rid of mosquito bites should see.