As spring rolls around and temperatures start to get warmer, you may find that bugs are starting to kill your mood. Sure, you could spray a whole bottle of bug repellent on your pasty-white winter legs and hope for the best, but most insect repellents do not offer round-the-clock protection..
In fact, for most of us, mosquito bites and midges are simply just an unavoidable part of the Australian lifestyle. So, apart from not scratching yourself to the point of bleeding — which, let’s face it is pretty darn hard not to do — what is the most effective way to cure a bug bite?
1. Essential oils
Lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil all have properties that can alleviate itching, swelling and redness. In particular, a few drops of diluted tea tree oil on your bite will work soothing wonders, due to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
2. Aloe Vera
Best known as the cure for sunburn, Aloe Vera is a family favourite that also works to soothe itching and reduce bug bite inflammation. To get the most benefit, keep your bottle in the fridge. The cool temperature of the green gel will supercharge your healing!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect solution for treating and disinfecting mosquito bites. To apply the cure, just mix two parts vinegar with two parts water and place it directly onto the skin with a damp washcloth. You could also add one cup of vinegar to a warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes.
4. Ice packs
You’ve not had an authentic Aussie experience until you get thrown a bag of frozen peas at a BBQ or sports match. To soothe your burning bug bite, apply ice or a pack of frozen vegetables to the site for 15 – 20 minutes, every hour for the first six hours. This will help to reduce swelling and numb the pain.
5. Calamine lotion
For people with sensitive skin who are susceptible to bad bug bite reactions, calamine lotion may provide some much-wanted relief. Calamine lotions contain zinc oxide, baking soda, bentonite clay, essential oils, and sea salt. It can be bought over the counter at most pharmacies and chemists.
Insect bites rarely require prescription medication. However, for people who suffer from allergies (particularly to bee, wasp, hornet or fire-ant bites) antihistamines are a necessity. An oral antihistamine will stop allergy symptoms like hives, rashes, a runny nose, watering eyes, and respiratory problems. If you know you are allergic to a particular insect, and you get bitten/stung, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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