Enjoying the outdoors in summer is wonderful, isn’t it? However, summer does come with one drawback: bites from summer bugs, which can happen even when you use a topical insect repellent.
Fortunately, there are some simple home remedies that really work to reduce inflammation and itching from bug bites. Here are five to try:
Cold: An ice pack or cold compress will lessen itching and reduce swelling. Just put some cubes into a plastic bag and hold it against the area for 10 minutes. You can also use a bag of frozen fruit or vegetables from your freezer.
Vinegar: The classic home remedy that works regardless of which kind of vinegar you use. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply to the bite, or mix it with baking soda to form a paste and then apply.
Plain soap: Plain means just that-no perfume or deodorants that could irritate the bite area! Wet skin, lather soap on generously and leave the lather on for five minutes before rinsing.
Citrus slices: Lemons, oranges and limes all contain citric acid, which also relieves inflammation and pain. Lay thin slices of whatever citrus you have on hand on the bite and leave for 10 minutes.
Lavender oil: After thoroughly washing the bite area, rub a little lavender oil into it and discomfort will disappear.