It’s the middle of summer, and suddenly you feel that familiar itch on your skin. This time it is accompanied by an inflamed area that feels red, warm and swollen. You have been bitten by an insect! This is not surprising, as mosquitoes are thriving in this hot weather, which means that you are more likely to be bitten than usual. It’s important to treat the mosquito bite quickly and as soon as possible. Here are three ways to treat the mosquito bite and reduce the swelling!

Cool the infected area

The first thing you should do is cool the infected area with cold compresses, ice, or ice packs to reduce redness and swelling. This will reduce swelling by constricting the blood vessels. After about ten minutes, you can remove the compress and see if the swelling has gone down.

Anti-inflammatory agents

Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, which relieves itching and prevents an allergic reaction. It also reduces the risk of infection. These agents block the action of histamine, a substance that causes symptoms such as redness, swelling, and itching.

Applying an antibiotic ointment

Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream or ointment to prevent infection. Use the antibacterial creams on each mosquito bite while using oral antibiotics for more serious infections. This will help fight bacteria that can cause infection.

Bugs are a part of summer. They can itch and bite us, but we do not have to let them get away with it! Here are three ways to treat mosquito bites and reduce swelling: Cool the infected area; take an antihistamine like Benadryl if you are allergic or suspect you may be; apply an antibiotic cream or ointment to prevent infection. If you would like more information about mosquito bites and pest control, please call us at 877-336-0454.