Quick and Simple First Aid Approach to Deal with Insect Bites

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 27, 2012

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Quick Bites

  • In most cases, bites and stings can be easily treated at home.
  • Take an ice-pack and apply it to the mosquito bite.
  • When you are bitten, avoid scratching.
  • Ask a friend to help you locate insect bite.

A mosquito or insect bite can leave you with red splotches in your arms, legs, feet and anywhere else that was not covered by clothing. Prevention is the most desirable route but when you an insect bites you, you can turn to first-aid approach.


insect bite first aid


The following are some tips for avoiding the pain and complications of an insect bite.


At-home treatment

In most cases, bites and stings can be easily treated at home. Remove the stinger or insect using a straight- edged object.  Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Place ice in the affected area. Take anti histamines if necessary.  After a bee sting or a spider bite, the skin should be scraped off clean. The bite or sting should not be rubbed, as this will make the reaction worse. The sting or bite should be washed with soap and water and kept clean. If bitten by ticks, it is important to make sure that the parasite is removed. Adequate care should be taken to ensure that the whole tick is removed. The site should be cleaned with soap and water and treated with some antiseptic to avoid infection.


Take a friend’s help

Have a friend help you to locate insect bite. Thereafter, make a light mark with a pen around the bite so that you'll know exactly where to apply the mixture.


Use aloe vera

Applying aloe vera gel on mosquito bites is an old but effective remedy. You just have to rub a small amount of aloe vera on the bite and around the infected area. The itching will subside in a few minutes.


Apply calamine lotion

Calamine lotion, used for chicken pox and poison oak or ivy rashes, can also be used for insect bites as well. Apply the lotion on the reddened area. The calamine helps dry up the infection and relieves the itch.


Cold therapy

Take an ice-pack and apply it to the mosquito bite. Alternatively, you can wrap a few ince cubes in a towel and apply them to the area. It will help subside the swelling or would not let bites swell up to a bigger size.


insect bite cold therapy


Don’t ever scratch

When you are bitten, avoid scratching. When you scratch, histamine is released. It causes the welt to itch more. If you keep scratching the affected area, small breaks in the skin can be created which allow bacteria to enter and cause infection. When you wash the affected part, do not rub skin.

When you adhere to the aforementioned tips and treatment approaches, you can reduce swelling and itching. Following these help form a protective layer that reduces the risk of possible infection.


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