You did everything you were supposed to – you put on insect repellent, wore pants and long sleeves; you even lit citronella candles – but you still got bit by a mosquito. So now how do you stop the mosquito bites from itching? There are a few ways to deal with the itching other than just scratching away for hours and hours. For example, putting white vinegar on the bite can stop the itching. If you are itchy and swollen due to more than one bite, you might want to try mixing baking soda together with water to make a white paste. Then, apply that paste to the bites for the reduction of swelling and itching.
If you don’t have white vinegar or baking soda, don’t worry; there are a lot more solutions to your itchy problem. The peel of a banana can be placed on the bite. Sugars in the skin of banana sooth itchiness and draw the mosquito’s fluid out of the bite reducing the swelling and longevity of the bite. Lemons and limes can also be cut up and pressed onto the bite to stop itching and reduce the bacteria that may have been transferred from the insect to you. Aloe plants can also be used to subside itching. Rubbing aloe on the bite, like you would sunburn, can calm any inflammation and reduce the itching sensation.
If you just can’t stop scratching no matter what, you might want to try a different solution. Place a piece of clear tape over the bite. This won’t necessarily reduce the itching or swelling but it will make it more difficult for you to scratch and open up the bite causing bleeding. The piece of tape serves as a reminder to leave the bite alone and let it heal naturally. If you find yourself constantly being bit my mosquitos, you could have an infestation on your hands. Mosquitos will live and breed almost anywhere and at alarming rates. Florida is especially prone to these infestations because of the heat and the humidity. It’s imperative that you get these problems taken care of as soon as they are discovered. If you don’t, you will end up spending the year itching and scratching away.