With summer in full swing, we’re bound to get mosquito bites. While effects vary from person to person, you can expect swelling, itchiness, and redness from an average bite.

Even though we might take preventative measures with bug spray or insect repellent candles, nothing is foolproof. So next time you’re targeted by those pesky insects, here are some helpful and handy tips to treat your bites.

Don’t scratch
This is the first step to healing your bite. By all means, resist the urge to scratch because it increases symptoms and potentially exposes broken skin to infections. Try the tips below before going crazy with the scratching.

Try hydrocortisone cream
The anti-itch cream treats inflammation, redness, and swelling while fighting against any allergic reactions. Pop a bit onto the itchy area and refrain from touching it as it works its magic.

Ice it
Cold pressure is surprisingly great at relieving itchiness and swelling. Grab an ice pack, wrap it in a towel, and place it on your skin. The key here is to numb the area so it no longer feels itchy.

Use aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is a fan favorite for various skin concerns for its anti-inflammatory properties. Although generally used for sunburns, it’s also highly effective in treating bug bites as it soothes and heals the skin.

Keep it clean with rubbing alcohol
The last thing you want is an infection, which is why it’s important to keep the area sanitized. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad to clean the bite. It may sting, but it’s worth all the trouble that comes with an infection.

Go au naturel with honey
Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect solution for insect bites. Just a tiny drop and you’re on your way to itch-free skin.

xx, The FabFitFun Team