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Mosquito season is upon us. As we venture outdoors more often, the onslaught of insects is inevitable, and with this comes the itchiness associated with their bites. Measures taken to avoid bug bites can range from wearing long sleeves and pants to using repellants. As temperatures can get quite high in Central Texas, it is not ideal to wear long layers during the summer months, which sometimes makes it harder to avoid bug bites. Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute is here to give you ways to help bug bites stop itching and heal quickly using at home remedies.

In the initial itching stage of your bug bite, one solution to provide relief is to apply baking soda to the affected area. The sodium bicarbonate will act as a neutralizer. As a result, it will balance the pH levels on the skin’s surface and calm the burn of the mosquito bite. Start by dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water, then dip a clean cloth into the mixture and leave the cloth over the affected area for 10-20 minutes. Another option is to make a simple paste out of witch hazel and baking soda and apply it to the bite area and leave it on for 10 minutes. The stinging sensation should begin to dissipate.

Another quick healing agent is lemon juice, with its natural anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Simply cut a lemon into two halves and rub the inside of one of the halves on the affected area for quick relief. Not only does the juice reduce the chance of you developing an infection, but the acids in the juice offers a slight, numbing relief.
If you bite is swollen and inflamed, a remedy is the application of minced garlic to the area. Not only is garlic highly alkaline and effective at subduing the pain and itchiness, but the strong smell also has the added benefit of repelling most bugs.

If your bug bites show no sign of improvement and are in fact getting worse, contact the dermatology professionals at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute, as this may be a sign of infection or it may be a bit worse than a mosquito’s. To be sure about your health and skin care well-being this summer, call or visit online to book an appointment today.