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.
Don’t: Rush to the doctor because of Zika
Yes, Zika can have scary consequences. However, you should not rush to the doctor for a mosquito bite. According to the CDC, symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Not exhibiting symptoms? Then do not worry! However, if you are pregnant, asking for a blood test can ease Zika-related nerves. Here are calming facts about Zika you need to know.