When temperatures are warm and everyone is spending more time outside sunscreen and sun hats are not the only things we need to protect ourselves.
Insects and mosquitoes are a reality of the summer season that we would rather do without but must learn to cope with. What you need is some natural remedies and good old fashioned cures from the cupboards that can take the itchiness and the redness out of the skin when an insect sets his sights on you.
To combat the itchiness that can drive you crazy look no further than common everyday products that you have in your kitchen. Rub lemon juice on the bite to stop the urge to scratch right away. Lemons are also effective types of disinfectants that can kill bacteria on your skin and can also prevent your skin from becoming infected.
Apple cider vinegar can make the itching go away fairly quickly as can combining salt and water and then applying it to the bite. Yet another natural method that works like a charm and will get rid of the itching is mixing baking soda with water. Whip it up until it turns into a paste and then directly apply it to the area that is red and itchy. Before long the desire to scratch will be gone!
Did you know that toothpaste is an alternative remedy for the itch that accompanies insect bites? It is. In fact if you like minty toothpaste then that is great because it is more effective than the regular type of toothpaste.
Why minty toothpaste for the itch of mosquito bites? The skin receptors you have send signals to the brain. For instance there are signals for heat, cold and itchiness. Most of the receptors that the skin has are only capable of processing one signal at a time and not a number of them all at once. The cooling element that the mint toothpaste brings to the skin is able to neutralize the itch of the bite because it is stronger and is able to override the signal for itch!
This is the case for any over-the-counter product that you buy at the pharmacy. If it is capable of producing cooling or warming sensations then it can go to work on the itch instantly. Examples of these products may be very familiar to you. Gold Bond, Tiger Balm and Vicks Vapo-Rub would all work in the same manner.
If you have some pure aloe gel (or an aloe plant) on hand to cope with sunburned skin then you can also use it to take the itchiness out of bites from pesky mosquitoes. In fact any product that contains aloe can be of help to you.
If all else fails and you are still scratching then head to the local drugstore to pick up the popular staples for skin itch- calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream. Now you can kiss the itch goodbye and go back to enjoying your summer!