You know the drill. You’re enjoying a lovely evening outside. Then you hear that high-pitched whine and feel the sting of a mosquito bite.
Something in the insect’s spit causes the small itchy welt. It’ll get better within a few hours for most people. But if you’re highly sensitive, symptoms can last for several days. That little spot can turn into an itchy sore the size of a quarter.
It’s tough advice, but leave the bite alone. When you scratch, it creates openings in your skin that allow bacteria in and cause infection.
To relieve the itch and lower your chances of an infection:
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Apply calamine lotion or anti-itch cream.
- Put an ice pack on the bite.
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.
If a bite causes fever, vomiting, or shortness of breath, call 911 or get to an emergency room immediately.
Can You Avoid A Bite?
Yes. Take these steps: