Home remedies for Insect Bite

An Overview

We’ve all been bitten by insects some time or the other. While most of these bites are mere irritants, some can be very dangerous because of the toxicity. When venom enters the bloodstream there can be minor to severe swelling, redness, irritation, itching and extreme pain. Insects like bees, wasps, hornets and red ants bite human and there can be an allergic reaction accompanied by severe pain. if you are accidentally bitten by a bug and left untreated promptly, it will cause many health lesions, sometimes even life-threatening lesions.

Symptoms of Insect Bites

  • Pain and itching in the bitten area.
  • Redness, accompanied by swelling.
  • Lumpy welts from around the affected area.
  • Burning sensation may be caused by certain insect bites.

Home remedies for Insect Bite

1. Aloe vera gel:

Aloe Vera has been revered as an excellent curative in folk medicine. It has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine to treat various skin afflictions. It helps restore the skin to its normal condition because of its natural antiseptic qualities. The potent mixture of Aloe Vera gel and Turmeric Powder make effective home remedies for insect bites. It can also soothe skin wounds and it is extremely safe for your baby’s skin

  • Take a thick leaf of Aloe Vera.
  • Scrape off the colorless gel.
  • Apply the Aloe Vera gel and turmeric paste on the affected portions.

2. Activated charcoal:

This can help draw out toxins that cause inflammation, swelling and itching. To make a paste, open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the affected area. After 30 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet cloth.

3. Honey:

Honey is one of the most effective home remedies for treating bug bites. The vitamins found in honey are B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids.

  • Prepare 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Use the honey to apply to your baby skin with bug bites and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse your baby skin with water.

4. Baking soda:

Baking soda has a soothing effect on the skin and gives instant relief from the burning and itching caused by an insect bite. Baking soda is a simple and easy home remedy for insect bites and it is preferred for its antibacterial properties that help neutralize the toxic effects of insect bites.

  • Take one teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
  • Sprinkle some water and make a paste.
  •  Apply the paste on the affected areas.

5. Ice:

Ice or any cold compress does triple first-aid duty by diminishing the itch, reducing inflammation and swelling and easing the pain of bites/stings. An ice pack can control the muscle pain and spasms associated with severe insect bites or stings. Ice packs are one of the best home remedies for insect bites.

  • Put crushed ice into a plastic bag (or use a bag of frozen vegetables).
  • wrap it in a towel.
  • Simply massage on affected area

6. Soap:

Some kitchen cures are right under your nose take plain old bar soap, for instance. Besides keeping you squeaky clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. Wet the skin and gently rub on soap. Rinse well. Be sure to use only no deodorized, nonperformer soap. Fancy, smelly soaps may irritate the bite area.

7. Lemon:

This is the first one in this list of home remedies for bug bites that itch and swell. Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, and contains many plant compounds, minerals and essential oils. It is an excellent antioxidant and very important for immune function and health of your baby skin.

  • Prepare the lemon.
  • Rinse the lemon then cut it into two parts.
  • Apply the lemon to your skin having bug bites to reduce itching.
  • You can also rub lemon peel on your skin.

Moreover, lemon juice also has some great antibacterial properties which help prevent the toxicity from spreading all over the skin.

8. Toothpaste:

This is very easy-to-do remedy for bug bites. Toothpaste is very familiar to each of us. The toothpaste contains a lot of active ingredients that help to kill bacteria and harmful substances to the teeth.

  • Take a little toothpaste and put it in the refrigerator for 4 minutes.
  • Use the toothpaste to apply to your baby’s bug bites for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse your baby skin with bug bites by warm water.

9. Garlic:

Garlic is a magic herb that has some amazing medicinal properties. Garlic has strong antibiotic properties as well as antiparisitic properties as well. It helps contain the venom, if any that is injected into the bloodstream due to an insect bite.

  • Take 2 to 3 pods of fresh garlic. Peel, wash and crush to a paste.
  • Apply the garlic paste on the bitten area. Cover with a thin gauze and leave overnight.
  •  Wash with warm water in the morning. Repeat the process daily for 2 to 3 days.

Garlic is a great natural treatment for insect bites.

10. Salt:

Common salt or sodium chloride is a natural disinfectant and an amazing antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Moreover, salt has a detoxifying effect as well and helps neutralize the toxic effect of certain insect bites.

  • Take two teaspoons of common salt (sodium chloride).
  • Powder the salt and sprinkle some water.
  • Apply the salt paste/solution to the insect bite area.
  • Alternatively, go for a dip in the sea if you live near a beach.

Applying salt soon after being bitten by an insect (after washing the bitten area) may result in a burning sensation; however that lasts only for a minute or so.

11. Tea tree oil:

Tea Tree oil is an excellent antifungal agent and has been used to treat severe cases of skin infections successfully. Applying Tea Tree oil on an insect bite site has a soothing effect and controls the severe itching and helps get relief from the pain as well.

  • Take 2 teaspoons of undiluted Tea Tree Oil. Take a few balls of surgical cotton.
  • Dip a cotton ball in the Tea Tree Oil. Apply it on the insect bite areas.
  • Let it sit for a couple of hours. Repeat the process twice daily for 2 or 3 days.

12. Honey:

The goodness of honey has been extolled in several Ayurvedic texts and it has also been extensively used in folk medicine. Moreover, it has some great anti-inflammatory properties as well which help in containing the inflammation and speeds up the recovery process.

  • Take two teaspoons of pure, organic honey.
  • Wash the insect bite area and apply some honey.
  • Let it sit for a couple of hours. Wash with warm water.

Hope this Symptoms and cure article will be helpful to all. Do not forget to share your valuable suggestions if any.

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