7 Natural Health Remedies for Insect Bites
Almost anywhere you go there are small creatures, tiny insects that attack to sting or bite you, either because they see you as a threat to their very existence or as food for their survival.
Insect bite appearance is noticeable by one or more red bumps which are extremely itchy. Yes, you want to scratch it – but don’t! Easier said than done I know; problem is, scratching will exacerbate the itchiness and make it bleed.
If you have a tick, flee or a mosquito bite, they have been feeding off you; and most irksome is the thought of that nasty itchy bump left behind from a mosquito is actually full of its saliva.
Insect stings are commonly ants, bees and wasps; their sting penetrates your skin injecting poison into you.
Whilst ants and wasps will sting you several times, a bee stings once, leaving its stinger under your skin with a sac full of venom on the surface. The tendency is to panic and try to brush it off with your hand; this only serves to pump in more of the venom as will trying to remove it with your fingertips or tweezers.
Yes, it’s a bit of a shock and it hurts! Keep a cool head, slide your fingernail under the sac and scrape away the sting. You could use the edge of a, not too sharp knife, or the edge of your bank or credit card.
A bee sting or a wasp sting can cause an allergic reaction which could be fatal if not treated urgently – medical attention is required immediately!
The symptoms of allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, are: hives, swelling in the mouth and/or throat, laboured breathing and rapid heart rate.
If you have many bites and stings, and you don’t have an allergic reaction you are not out of danger – you must seek medical attention immediately!
We’ll assume you have been stung once – the bee sting is out – with no reaction.
Here are some natural health remedies for insect bites:
- For a bee sting, stir a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water until dissolved; then use a cotton wool bud to dip into the solution wetting the area, and then place it directly on the sting securing it with sticky tape.
- For a wasp sting, dip the cotton wool bud into vinegar; as with a bee sting, wet the area first, and then place it directly on the sting securing it with sticky tape.
- If you have Papaya handy, place a slice on the sting area. Papaya has enzymes that bring down inflammation and swelling.
- Garlic or onion rubbed on the sting site will do the job as well.
- Crush an aspirin, adding to water making a paste, apply to the sting to reduce the swelling. (WARNING: if you have an aspirin allergy DO NOT apply aspirin ever! And DO NOT use aspirin to treat children).
- Applying sugar works just as well to bring down the swelling
- Try rubbing on Calendula cream to reduce itching or a few drops of Lavender oil or Tea tree oil.
If you take a walks through forests, woodlands, meadows or moors, be aware that ticks attach to your skin; and as the little vampire tick bites and feeds off your blood they may infect you with Lyme disease, a bacteria called ‘Borrelia burgdorferi’ which must be treated by a doctor.
If you find a tick on your body, use tweezers as close to the skin as you can, gently pull until it free; try not to break the head or it will stay latched to your skin and cause infection.
Once the tick is free, apply an antiseptic.
What to do about those mosquito bites, flea bites and other biting insects:
. Don’t scratch
. Applying an ice cube to the bite will reduce itching
. Bites can be treated with essential oils. Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil, clove oil or peppermint oil on a cotton wool bud
. Roll-on or spray deodorants are known to work – give it a try
. Check your toothpaste label; if it has peppermint smear it on the bite
How do you prevent these pesky parasite’s bites and stings?
Eat a couple of cloves of garlic daily before and when you go outside. Your sweat glands release the garlic smell repelling most insects.
Don’t like garlic?
You can use a repellent called Permethrin, a natural insecticidal property originally found in chrysanthemums. Permethrin is now sold in a spray can as a synthesized man-made insecticide.
Spray it on the clothes you plan to go out in and hang them to dry. Make sure they are not light, bright coloured clothes as they will only attract the little varmints!
Mosquito Bites Treatment
No matter where in the world you live there will always be pestering minute insects that will totally irritate you. It is said that there are more species of their kind than all the others.
They are identified to be very successful in their means of survival because they can easily adapt to whatever sort of environment they live in. Even if they are considered as the smallest that ever existed on earth, they can cause a lot of trouble.
Over the years, there have already been plenty of casualties due to their attacks. One of those that should be given a great deal of attention are mosquito bites and their treatment.
Mosquito bite treatment is such an important issue especially to those who are living in tropical regions because if not looked into with critcal importance, it can be lethal.
Malaria Fever, Dog Heart Worm, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus are just among the fatal diseases that can unmistakably lead to death.
They will always be feeding themselves through humans albeit; there are some that also do with animals, because they are parasitic. It means that they live off a host rather than devouring it. They are experts in the field of preying other existing classes that thrive.
An example is that they suck out blood in order for them to complete the process of reproduction.
The latest type of antihistamines and anaesthetics can bring temporary yet quick mosquito bite treatment. In the other hand, hydrocortisone cream may have a slower relief but has longer effect. Even just a single percent of its application can improve the condition.
Two percent of Xylocaine Gel can result in immediate respite from surface itching. Such is the main symptom that a lot of people do just to control the skin assault. As for those that are experiencing oedema and aches, Ibuprofen Gel is a perfect remedy for stings.
As for other cited conditions, it should be readily seen by a doctor to diagnose the proper mosquito bite treatment. It can include rashes wherever they will occur, shortness of breath, swelling in the face, light- headedness or difficulty in swallowing.
All of those mentioned can take place within minutes or to an hour after the tingle brought by the insect. When it comes to local reactions, it does not really require professional care. Although, it is not a reason to be lax because there have been instances that it only worsened in the following days.
If it keeps on distracting you from performing normal activities, it is recommended that you go to the nearest doctor for check- up. For home medications, baking soda and meat tenderiser can destroy venoms that are based on protein.
There may none ample scientific explanations to back it up but it make rational sense.