12 Home Remedies for Bug Bites That Actually Work
If you’re looking to relieve the sting and itch of bug bites without the use of harsh chemicals, give these expert-approved home remedies a try.
This plant is well-known for soothing sunburns, but few people realize that it can also ease the sting and itch of bug bites. “When most insects bite or sting, the body produces a histamine reaction to the area,” says Maureen Roland, RN, clinical education specialist and outreach coordinator at Banner Poison and Drug Information Center. “Aloe vera gel (mucilage), which can be obtained from the inner portion of the leaf and applied directly to the bite or sting site, has antibacterial properties, as well as having an anti-inflammatory effect due to the natural salicylates and inhibition of histamine formation.” Check out these other aloe vera uses you never knew about.
To help reduce swelling and inflammation, apply a cool compress to the infected area as soon as possible. The coldness, Roland explains, causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This will also produce some numbness that can ease the pain. “You can make your own cool compress by wetting a cloth, put it in a resealable plastic bag, then place in the freezer for about 15 minutes,” she describes. “Apply the cool compress to the area for 15-20 minutes on and 15-20 minutes off, repeating as needed over the first 24 hours.” A warm compress can also be beneficial to help reduce inflammation and fluid buildup to the bite or sting area. Next, find out the bug bite symptoms you should never ignore.