You all must be familiar with a bug bite, the bite of an insect such as a mosquito or any other insect is termed as a bug bite. Most of the times a bug bites us and it causes itchiness and redness in the area it stung us. Bug bites are not a very serious issue but sometimes it can cause greater harm, for instance when a normal mosquito bite you, your skin starts to itch because of your immune system creates histamine and your skin starts to swell and becomes red. When anopheles mosquito bites you it spread plasmodium parasite in your body which is responsible for malaria. In some cases bug bite can create big problems, even if bug bite is not serious it causes unnecessary uncomfortableness. Bug bite should be treated accordingly to the insect which has caused it.

Some common symptoms of bug bites include swelling in the skin area, redness or rash, pain in the affected area and itching. In some cases such as spider bite can also result in fever which can last for eight hours. Most of the bug bites are not a very serious issue and can be easily treated at home. If the symptoms such as High fever or vomiting or stiffness of neck area occurs, one should consider consulting a doctor and take proper medicine. Some of the home remedies which you can use are given below.

I. Ice cubes

Ice Cubes-Home Remedy

Ice cubes can be used to reduce the swelling and itchiness caused by the bug bite. Ice can give relief to pain and swelling when applied to the affected area. There are two reasons behind working of ice on a bite, first of all, it causes a soothing sensation in the skin which reduces swelling and redness and secondly it diverts your brain from itchiness and make it focus on the part saying “this is cold”. Ice cubes are very easily available at homes so you can easily find it and use it.

II. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is highly recommended as a home remedy when it comes to a mosquito bite. If you are familiar with the process of mosquito bite than you should know that when a mosquito bites you, it releases an anticoagulant which feeds on your body but your body naturally creates histamines and send it to the bitten area, which results in itchiness and swelling. Toothpaste is a very good astringent, it can cause swelling to reduce by contracting the skin cells and body tissues.

III. Banana peel

Banana peel-Home Remedy

Applying banana peel to the affected area can help in reducing redness and soothes the affected area. The idea of applying the banana peel to the affected area comes from ancient Chinese civilization. You can directly apply the banana peel to the affected area, banana contains non-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce the redness and swelling in the area affected.

IV. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the best home remedies when it comes to skin problems. When suffering from sunburns and other skin problems such as acne or pimples Aloe Vera always provide aid and comfort. Aloe Vera can also help in reducing itchiness and swelling in the affected area which is stung by any bug. Aloe Vera gel contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which cause swelling and itchiness to reduce.

V. Vinegar Soak

Vinegar Soak-Home Remedy

Vinegar can be used to treat a bug bite, it is one of the most useful home remedies. Vinegar has many medicinal properties such as antibacterial, an anti-inflammatory which makes it a good home remedy to treat bug bite as well. Applying white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to the affected area can reduce the swelling and burning sensation. All you have to do is, take a cloth or small towel and soak it in vinegar and gently apply it to the affected area.

VI. Peppermint and tea tree essential oil

Peppermint oil can help in the reduction of burning sensation and itchiness.  Applying peppermint oil to the affected area can help in relieving the pain and itchiness caused by the bugs. Studies say that peppermint oil contains antimicrobial properties which help in reducing the burning sensation. Tea tree oil can also help in reducing the risk of infection as it prevents bacteria from growing. It is said that tea tree oil is an antihistamine which can reduce the activity of the body’s histamine production which can help in reduce swelling and itchiness.

VII. Witch hazel

Witch Hazel-Home Remedy

Witch hazel is essential to water which can help in preventing infection which can be caused by bug bites. Witch hazel contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help in reducing inflammation and infection caused by bug bites. You can get witch hazel from a supermarket or online stores.

VIII. Lavender oil

Lavender oil can be very useful when treating a bug bite, lavender oil contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help in the reduction of swelling and can help in soothing the area which is affected. Lavender oil is also very useful for skin it can be used to cure minor burns, wounds and acne. You can get lavender oil very easily from a supermarket or online stores.

IX. Oatmeal

Oatmeal-Home Remedies

Oatmeal which is considered as a common food can be used to treat bug bites. Oatmeal contains properties such as anti-oxidant and healing which can help to treat a bug bite. All you have to do is mix oatmeal with water and create a paste, mix it properly and apply the paste directly to the area affected.

Summary:-

The bite of an insect such as a mosquito or any other insect is termed as a bug bite. Bug bites are not a very serious issue but sometimes it can cause greater harm, for instance when a normal mosquito bite you, your skin starts to itch because of your immune system creates histamine and your skin starts to swell and becomes red. When anopheles mosquito bites you it spread plasmodium parasite in your body which is responsible for malaria. Some common symptoms of bug bites include swelling in the skin area, redness or rash, pain in the affected area and itching. Most of the bug bites are not a very serious issue and can be easily treated at home with simple home remedies such as applying vinegar or toothpaste, applying oatmeal or banana peel. All the remedies discussed will surely help in treating bug bite.

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Nikunj Sharma

Nikunj Sharma

He is a professional fitness trainer and coach (including professional sports club's fitness trainer/ aerobics and yoga instructor). He has been constantly writing from the past 2 years as an author of fitness instruction ebooks/ manuals and for several online health magazines.