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How do you deal with the itch from bug bites?

We mainly have issues with mosquitoes around here.  In the past, we have either used hydrocortisone or After Bite to deal with the itch from mosquito bites.  DD2 felt like that wasn't helping as much, so she read somewhere (on the internet, of course) that aloe helps.  She tried some aloe vera gel and said it worked. 

What tips do you have for dealing with bug bite itch?

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  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, man, this couldn't come at a better time for this — DD has several very itchy mosquito bites from being outside despite bug spray, and neither Benadryl cream or spray has been helping. I'll make sure we get some aloe and try it.

  • K8sMom2002

    DD bought some aloe vera gel yesterday and she asked if we could put it in the fridge so that it would be cold — I thought that was a brilliant idea! I'll keep you updated on how it works. She started to get the aloecane for sunburns, since the lidocaine might numb the itch a bit as well. But since I'd told her to get the plain aloe, and it was cheaper, she went with that.

  • Jen

    Ooooh…good idea to put it in the fridge.  I think I've read that ice cubes can help with the itch, so I like that idea of sticking the aloe in the fridge.

  • K8sMom2002

    She has certainly enjoyed the cooling portion of it! I don't know that it's reduced the itching and swelling, but at least it numbs it a bit.

  • Jen

    dd2 was looking at something called .  Has anyone tried something like this?

  • K8sMom2002

    Wow, never heard of it. I wonder if you could try heating a spoon and holding it against a bite before you ordered the device? Kind of a DIY at home trial?

  • Jen

    That's a good idea.  I may suggest that to her next time she complains about the bites.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, this weekend, we tried the hot spoon deal and it didn't work. We tried ice cubes, and that helped a bit, but it was drippy. I'm thinking about buying some of those dry ice cubes for drinks and using them.

  • Rebekah

    I've had success with essential oils helping with bug bites. I have to be careful about what oils I use, and only buy individual oils and mix them myself, so I can avoid any I am allergic to the related pollen of. 

    For bug bites I have used peppermint and lavender, with coconut oil as the carrier oil. It's really helped not only stop the immediate itch, but also cut the recovery time immensely. Bites that used to bother me for a week or more disappear within a few days when I use essential oils on them.

  • Jen

    Hi @Rebekah,

    Welcome to posting.  Thanks for the suggestions!  How often do you use the essential oils when you have bug bites?

  • Rebekah

    I really just use them whenever they start itching again. �� The first day it's somewhere between every 3-4 hours. After that I only notice them itching 2 (maybe 3 if they're big) times a day.

  • Jen

    The weather is starting to get cooler – not every day, but a lot of them.  I am hopeful that means the bugs won't be as bothersome.  

    Is anyone else still dealing with bugs?