Do: Apply honey, baking soda, or other home remedies
Instead of going to the pharmacy for anti-itch ointment, hit up your pantry for a mosquito bite home remedy. Honey contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying a dab of honey to that bite will soothe your skin while fighting off bacteria. And here’s how baking soda as a home remedy heals cuts, scrapes, and over a dozen other ailments.
Obvious (and so hard!) but important. Scratching that itch may result in infection. When you rip open the surface of your skin, you run the risk of letting germs into the wound. Try this tip: Put on a bandage, or in a pinch, apply a piece of tape over the top of the bite. The tape acts as a reminder not to itch. Here are 9 other surprising everyday first aid remedies.
Do: Use a cold compress
If all you can think about is itching, then grab a cold pack from the freezer. Ice numbs your nerve endings and reduces the urge to itch. Plus: A cold pack on a hot summer night helps you cool off! Here’s how to keep mosquitoes away and avoid getting bitten by a Zika virus mosquito.