Some bugs, like mosquitoes, are very harmful, and their bites lead to fatal diseases, such as malaria and dengue. Instead of rushing to a doctor for curing bug bites, you can use home remedies to treat the problem. Home treatments for bug bites are not only cheap, but also effective.
High temperature fever
Difficulty in breathing
Pus around or inside the bite
Some of the natural remedies that you can use at your home for treating bug bites.
1. Baking Soda
Mix baking soda with water and make a paste. Apply it on the bitten area. You can also add it in your lukewarm bath water.
Note: Avoid this home remedy if you have an open wound or cut.
2. Ice Pack
Take some ice out from the freezer and put it on the bite. This will calm down the itching.
Natural oils, like tree tea oil and lavender oil can do wonder if applied on bug bites. Tea tree oil disinfects the infection. Lavender oil contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling and redness.
Surprising! Isn’t it? It is right, though. Mouthwash works as antiseptic and prevents the area from infection. Take a cotton pad and dab it in the mouthwash. Keep it on the bitten area.
5. Preparation H
Apply some Preparation H on the nasty bug bite. It will help to keep the itching away and help to remove the scar.
Mix mud with water and apply it directly on the bite. Let it dry naturally. Wash it off afterwards. Mud will kill the itching.
Take an aspirin. Crush it and mix it with water. Make a fine and thick paste. Apply it on the infected area, and cover it with a band-aid. Your itching will go away in the next morning.
Take an onion. Cut it into half. Rub it on the sting and you will feel relieved.
9. Peppermint Oil
Take a few drops of peppermint oil and rub it on the bite. This will help to cool down the burning sensation, caused due to sting.
Garlic contains antibiotic agents. Therefore, eat garlic. It will surely help you to get relief.
Take a raw potato. Cut it into half and put the juicy part on the bite. This will remove the pain and itchiness. Also, it will reduce the swelling.
12. ACV (Apple Cedar Vinegar)
Take a cotton pad and dab it in ACV. Place it directly on the bite. If you do not want to hold the cotton pad, stick it with a band-aid. Within a few minutes, you will feel relief.
13. Vinegar Paste
Take some amount of corn flour and make a thick paste by adding apple cider vinegar to it. Apply the paste gently on the affected area. Let it dry and then, rinse with lukewarm water.
14. Aloe Vera Gel
Take an aloe vera leaf and cut it into half. You will find the sticky part inside it. That is the gel. Apply it on the bitten area. It will provide you relief.
Note- You will feel tickling for a few moments after applying aloe vera gel, so don’t panic with it.
15. Tea Bag
Take a tea bag and dip it in warm water. Now, apply the tea bag directly on the bitten area. It will do a wonderful job.
Pluck some fresh basil leaves from your yard and prepare a paste. Apply it on the bitten area, and the bite will heal in a day.
Cut a lemon slice and gently rub on the bug bite. This will tingle a bit, but works great.
Note- Do not use it in open cuts and wounds as this will make the situation worse.
Apply honey on the affected area. It is a natural cure for bug bites.
Dab a piece of cotton in alcohol and place it on the itchy and affected area. Put band-aid if you do not want to hold it. This will decrease the itching and prevent from infection.
Cut a slice of cucumber and rub it gently on the swelled area, infected by the bite. This will help in reducing swelling.
Cinnamon contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Try applying cinnamon on the infected area.