The best Insect bite treatments use Aloe Vera. This is due to the anti- bacterial and anti inflammatory nature that Aloe Vera possess.
When it comes to insect bite treatments, prevention is way better than any cure. I learnt this the hard way after I was bitten by a mosquito in Africa, and contracted Malaria ☹.
Unfortunately even though prevention is better than any cure, sometimes your best protection just does not work, and some times you get bitten…ouch!
When you get bitten from an insect such as a mosquito, fly, bee, wasp etc, there is usually some skin reaction. This might be redness, itchiness, irritation and even pain. www.rentokil.com.au/blog/how-to-treat-mosquito-bites/
Your body sends histamines to the effected area to fight the toxins/sting left behind from the insect bite. This causes the redness and the skin reactions. Some reactions to stings and bites can be life threatening to a person if they are allergic to them. If you ever get swelling or have symptoms that is abnormal, don’t mess around ( go seek trained medical help). http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings
Aloe Vera can be a great relief for small insect bites like mosquitoes, midgies etc. This is due to the anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory nature of the gel. Aloe Vera Gel has a multitude of different ingredients in its gel, that help make it such a great treatment for bites and stings ( and why so many insect bite treatments use it). Whats inside Aloe Vera:
I find cutting a leaf down the centre of an Aloe Vera leaf and putting gel straight from the leaf onto the effected area works great… The sooner you put it on to the bite, the more effect it seems to have.
On top of this, there are quite a few sprays, gels and ointments that you can buy online or at a shop that use aloe as part of their ingredients.
Some people swear that putting Oatmeal on bites reduces the redness, swelling and itchness from insect bites. You add water to oats and turn it into a paste and place it on the effected area ( you can use a clean cloth or compress). Hold it on the area for about 15 minutes. For large effected areas an oatmeal bath may be an option.
Ice Ice Baby
Ice or cold compress- Is good for reducing swelling from bites. It can reduce the itching and pain as well. I have found that is only temporary though. Make sure you use it for short periods, and wrap a cloth around the ice to protect your skin.
Sweet as Honey
Honey has anti inflamortarty and anti bacterial properties. This can work. I find its not that soothing. Some people love it.
Add water to it and turn it into a paste and put it onto the bite. It can help reduce the itching. A number of over the counters are now using baking soda in insect bite treatments.
Camomile lotion is also used on bites, stings and Poison Ivy. I am not a big fan of it, but some people love it.
Chop Basil (the herb) up finely and rub on the effected area. Basil’s make consists of estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, limonene and vitamins and mineral.
There are some pretty good store bought insect bite treatments out there. There are also some really crappy ones that use chemicals such as ammonia as an ingredient.
I myself like as natural based treatments as possible. Some of these sprays will also have anaesthetic treatments like lignocain in them to reduce uncomfortableness of the bite. Try and get a spray or cream that has Aloe Vera in the ingredients.
• Tenders The Itch Eraser Gel Max Strength 2oz
• With Antihistamine, Aloe, Vitamin E And Tea Tree Oil,
• Reduces Redness,
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Another benefit with Tenders is it is Steroid-Free.
• This non-pharmaceutical cream with Aloe Vera offers a powerful non-stinging formula that's gentle on kids for relief from mosquito, flea, and other insect bites.
• After Bite Kids is a gentle, non-stinging cream specially formulated with baking soda, aloe vera and tea tree oil for kids and their sensitive skin.
• Recommended for kids, the special formula is designed not to sting.
• Simple to apply, the cream allows for easy application to large coverage areas.
Harris Bed Bug Bite Relief Gel
• Instant Relief from Itching and Pain
• Contains 4% Lidocaine and Aloe
• Also Effective for Mosquito, Spider and Flea Bites
• Non-Greasy and Pleasant Fragrance
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Chiggerex Plus! Medicated Ointment 1.75oz
For chigger, tick and all bug bites. Fast, soothing relief with aloe vera plus chamomile. For all types of insect bites. Temporary relief of pain and itching due to chigger bites; red bug bites; ticks; mosquito bites.
Active Ingredient: Benzocaine (5.0%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, PEG‑2 Stearate SE, Olive Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil, Propylparaben, Chamomile Extract, PEG‑8 Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Camphor.
This Bug Bite Thing seemed pretty cool as an alternative to other non medicated bite treatments out there. I haven't tried it but if any of you folks have tried it, I would love to get your feedback?
Bug Bite Thing Natural Insect Bite Relief, Chemical Free
About the Product
• Instant relief from bug bites & stings
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