The reason why female mosquitoes bite animals and humans is to get a meal of blood, which is necessary for mosquitoes to produce eggs. Male mosquitoes don’t bite. When it bites, the mosquito’s special mouth part which is known as proboscis pierces through the skin to suck blood. In the process of sucking blood, it deposits its saliva inside the body, which causes a reaction that leads to itching and a bump.
For some people, the saliva will cause a mild reaction while other people react strongly to it, with swelling that covers a larger area, accompanied by redness and soreness. The severity of mosquito bites is most prominent in children, and also adults who have been bitten by species of female mosquitoes that they have never come across before. Also, people who have immune disorders are likely to experience serious inflammations after a mosquito bite.
Other symptoms that are associated with a mosquito bite include:
- Dark spots which look like bruises
- Small uncomfortable blisters
- Hard and itchy reddish-brown bump
Home remedies for removing a mosquito bite
There are various home remedies that you can use to deal with a mosquito bite and remove it completely. Among these remedies include:
- Wash the bitten area several times a day and apply an antibiotic ointment. This is sure, and a faster way to get it cleaned quickly and perfectly well.
- Ensure that you put a cold wet cloth on the area of the bite for several minutes at a time. You can repeat this several times every day and this will help in ensuring that the sore is relieved.
- Consider taking a moderately warm oatmeal bath. For many years, an oatmeal bath has been considered as among the best options for treating bites by mosquitoes, bed bugs, and other insects. With a bath or two, the itching, which is regarded as an allergic reaction, will reduce drastically.
- You can apply a solution of water and baking soda on the area of the bite several times many times every day. Repeat it until the itching and the swelling are reduced.
- Use your fingernail or any other blunt object and push down the bite. This is a sure method that can help guarantee temporary relief while itching.
However, remember that you must not keep the mosquito bite covered, but in some instances, putting a bandage may help to ensure that you don’t bite it. Also, a bandage reduces the possibility of infections emerging especially if you have an open wound.
Treatment methods that you can use
Other than home remedies that we have mentioned above, the best way to deal with mosquitoes is to use diverse methods that help to keep the mosquitoes at bay, such as nets, mosquito control machine, coil, and more. It helps when you get the help of a doctor if over-the-counter medications, the use of gels, and the anti-histamine that you have used do not yield results. Also, if you feel that the swelling is increasing, or the inflammation is getting worse, it’s advisable to get the attention of a doctor.