Mosquito bite relief: Which remedies work

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- 'Tis the season for mosquitoes with all the rain we have been having. And while they may be tiny little suckers, they sure do deliver one heck of a bite! You know those raised bumps that you just can't stop scratching. It got us wondering how do you stop the itch naturally? So WUSA9 asked you to tell us on our Facebook page which homemade remedies work for you.

Ashley McDonald wrote on the WUSA9 Facebook page, "Toothpaste and Orajel works wonders."

Katrina Duff suggests, "Run a spoon under hot water and press it on the bites."

Karina Montano says, "Coconut oil after the bite helps with inflammation and itch."

Greg Eutsler says go to your freezer for a quick fix for the itch, "Put a bag of frozen vegetables on the bite."

We also checked the Internet and found all sorts of homemade remedies. They included rubbing a dry bar of soap on the bite, banana peel, apple cider vinegar, a slice of lemon, basil, even peppermint toothpaste is said to do the trick.

"One of the most interesting to me is the inside of the banana concept," says Dr. Martha Calihan, M.D. with Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Integrative Family Medicine Center in Leesburg, Virginia. "I don't know how that works, but, the more you read about it, it seems to be a very ancient Chinese remedy for mosquito bites and the itch of that.

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"Some of the other ones that you mentioned, lemon, some of the citrus oils can be soothing. Lemon balm is a known natural antihistamine that could be helpful.

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"Toothpaste would probably dry the skin, and in that sense, probably help with the itch a little bit.

"Apple cider vinegar is the one that's actually recommended by the Old Farmer's Almanac. It probably also works as being a little bit of a drying agent and a stringent.

"Basil is a known anti-inflammatory. So it's possible that could help," says Dr. Calihan. She also likes cucumbers. "Cucumber slices are very soothing. It's a nice thing to put on it [the mosquito bite]. It will help stop the itch. Tea tree oil, is an anti-inflammatory and that would help."

If you have natural homemade remedies to get rid of mosquito bite itches, share them on the WUSA9 Facebook page.


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