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I suffer quite regularly from mosquitoes bites in my home because I live in an area with many places well suited for them to breed; Stagnant bodies of water.

Are there any quick and easy methods to relieve the itch from a mosquito bite using readily available house-hold items? I am aware that there are many commercial solutions for skin irritation but I'm more interested in alternative treatments.

  • Is it correct to say that no type of lotion is included in household items for yourself? – Mooseman Jun 16 '15 at 0:07
  • @Mooseman - I was leaning towards solutions that don't rest on commercial products. I think I'll add that to the post just for clarification. – Lix Jun 16 '15 at 8:22
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I have found that heating a metal teaspoon and pressing it against the bite provides almost instant and permanent relief from the itching (the redness and 'bump' will remain while the wound heals).

  • Heat a teaspoon by pouring some hot water over the spoon side.
    I use boiling water from a kettle (which is WAY too hot) but allow it to cool down for several seconds testing the temperature regularly.
  • Let the teaspoon cool to a tolerable temperature then press it firmly against the bite and hold it there for 5-10 seconds.

The teaspoon should be hot enough to cause a slight stinging feeling on the skin but only for a split second; It should be as hot as you can stand it without burning you. If you are using boiling water, like me - be very careful not to burn yourself!


From what I gather, It's not too clear what exactly causes the itching sensation; It's either the mosquitoes saliva or the histamines that the body creates to deal with this foreign intrusion.

It is my understanding that the heat from the teaspoon inhibits the effectiveness/activity of both the enzymes in the mosquito saliva (Denaturation) and the bodies histamines.

  • When I get poison ivy, a very hot shower will give me a couple hours of relief. Do you know why heat works? – Carl Jun 16 '15 at 2:24
  • @Carl - I can only guess that the hot water and increase in body temperature messes with the efficacy of the histamines. – Lix Jun 16 '15 at 8:19
  • the heat indeed works, although I actually just come very close to the skin rather than right on it to avoid burning, which can be more serious than a mosquito bite... – Laurent S. Jun 18 '15 at 12:51
  • @Bartdude - yep. I've learnt the hard way to let the utensil cool off enough before using it. If you don't actually make contact with the skin - is there really enough heat to get the same effect? Wouldn't the teaspoon have to be very very hot for it to work? – Lix Jun 18 '15 at 12:53
  • Personally, I really like the Therapik -- it's explicitly made for mosquito bites and heats them up enough to denature the venom, but NOT hot enough to burn your skin. – Charles Ofria Jun 20 '15 at 1:25
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Before doing anything you must clean the bite area with plain water or rubbing alcohol.

Before starting I would like to say that as there is a huge discussion related to this topic so I'll stick to some simple solutions. If you need more then try this link:

Here - (as it got vast explanation)

1. Scotch tape:

Putting Scotch tape (or a bandage) on the bite will help remind you not to scratch, especially at night. If you scratch too hard, you could break the skin and introduce an infection.

2. Aloe vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, so this could help the itch

3. Listerine (Mouth Wash)

It has menthol, which cools the skin to help relieve itch.

4. Hand Sanitizer

It also works well as it can help you from itchiness.

5. Ice

Using ice for 10 - 20 minutes can help you and give relaxation.

6.Toothpaste

7. You can also use Honey.

But still avoid doing this as it can attract more insects.

8. Cloth

If you really got nothing means really nothing then simply take one cloth and blow some air on your cloth to make it little bit warm and then gently apply to your bite area. There you can feel little bit relax and keep doing it for 4 - 5 times till it makes you feel good.

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    I'll just add the stuff you put on babies' gums when they are teething, the trade mark we had was Bonjela or so. If you have babies you might have this stuff handy. – RedSonja Jun 17 '15 at 13:39
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    Hello, here on Lifehacks SE, we only want 1 solution per answer. Here, you mention several different solutions. I would recommend grouping similar solutions together (ie: cover it in X or Z) because they are variants of the same solution. You can post more than one answer for your other solutions. Thanks :) – michaelpri Jun 20 '15 at 4:28
  • I'll try doing that next time but is it good to add more than 1 answer – Shashank Jun 20 '15 at 8:13
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Open the freezer, find a bag of something that conforms to the bite area (frozen peas are awesome) apply this to the bite area. The itching should stop immediately. Remove the peas and place them back in the freezer.

The only downside is that you shouldn't overdo the contact time.

  • I wish I knew why this works. – Adamawesome4 Aug 16 '16 at 21:56
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    @Adamawesome4 My guess is that the contact cold reduces blood circulation locally, just enough that the histamine reaction which causes most of the itching is thwarted. – Edwin Buck Aug 16 '16 at 22:18
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Lavender essential oil (it's a common household item in my house). Just a drop on the bit and the itchy goes away in a few seconds. It's definitely the best 'alternative' relief I've used and works for all sorts of other bites and burns as well.

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Mosquito bites itch because your body is trying to destroy the foreign materil, i.e. the mosquito saliva. You need a quick way to draw it out to stop the itch. I have never tried it with a mosquito bite, but if you lick a Tums/Rolaid (I mean really wet it down) and stick it to a bee/wasp sting, the paste that it will make will draw the venom out of the sting as it drys. I would imagine it would work the same for a mosquito bite, drawing the saliva out of the bite.

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A mosquito uses a blood thinning agent to have an easier time being a parasite. This agent is foreign to our bodies, and we create histamines to surround them. Histamines are itchy.

I get mosquito bites often, so I'm not as allergic add most people. However, for more serious bites, I use my fingernail to make an "X" on the bite.

This is not something I came up with, but I believe it works. I believe the idea is that making this "X" spreads the histamine out, so it isn't as itchy. At least, it spreads the itch out, so it isn't as noticeable. I go a couple steps further, basically just using my fingernail to break up the bite as much as possible. Note that I'm not breaking skin here.

There are plenty of anti-histamines on the market, and I generally recommend a Benadryl cream. This will also sooth poison ivy, which is something you might come across wherever you happen to be getting mosquito bites.

  • I also used to make an X with my fingernails and I do remember it providing some level of relief. As you said, not breaking the skin is desirable however I found that once the "X"ing method starts wearing off and the bites gets itchy once again, the area is already very fragile and even the smallest scratch is enough to break the skin. – Lix Jun 16 '15 at 8:41
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The simplest thing you can do, apply mustard oil to the itchy spot as an ointment. I use this technique personally to deal with rashes/itches in daily life.

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    Can you provide any more information on this technique? Doses? Methods? – Lix Jun 18 '15 at 12:24

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