How to Treat a Mosquito Bite

How to Treat a Mosquito Bite. I'm one of those unlucky people who always get a big, itchy swelling from a mosquito bite. I got, oh, only a dozen of them from the cottage weekend. The biggest one is conveniently located on -- wait for it -- my middle finger. It's so swollen I can hardly bend it. Right now I'm on the ibuprofen/topical antibiotic combo to get rid of the swelling. No improvement so far. I'm about ready to try another trick. Do you have any tips?

Update: Here's what works for me. If the bug bites are big, hot, and swollen, I'd put Polysporin on them and take an Advil. If they are super itchy, I'd put anti-itch/hydrocortizone cream on them and take anti-allergy/anti-histamine medication. Your mileage may vary.


  1. Bonita in Pink
    August 8, 2006

    ha! I thought you were goint to give away a secret to treat­ing mos­qui­to bites.
    I get just like you do. The bites get real­ly swollen, red. It actu­al­ly extends from where the actu­al stinkin’ bite was.
    Sor­ry… I wish I had a tip. Have you tried putting Ice on it? Not that it’d do any good but it helps me with the itchin’.

  2. Patrick Hall
    August 8, 2006

    Me too! My whole elbow got inflamed and hot from a mos­qui­to bite.
    Then again, maybe it was a viper or some­thing. If not, that was one heck of a mos­qui­to.

  3. nicole
    August 8, 2006

    My tip is not to get bit­ten in the first place. Not very help­ful, I know. :)

  4. Siska
    August 9, 2006

    Memangnya di Cana­da gak ada Autan or Sari­pus­pa or sejenis­nya, Mbak?
    Bekas gig­i­tan nya­muknya coba dikasih balsem cap kaki tiga, biasanya saya pake itu & cepat hilang tuh bekas­nya. Tapi di Cana­da ada balsem gak??
    PS: sori pake bhs Indone­sia … gak pa-pa kan?

  5. heather
    August 9, 2006

    It’s all about the after bite. I used to think I was too tough but it total­ly makes a dif­fer­ence.

  6. Megs
    August 9, 2006

    You can get relief for sev­er­al hours at a time by apply­ing heat. I don’t remem­ber the details, but it does some­thing to dis­perse your his­t­a­mines or anti­his­t­a­mines, which stops the itch­ing for 2 or 3 hours. Here’s how I do it: Pour boil­ing water into a mug. Imme­di­ate­ly, before the out­side of the mug gets hot, press it against the bite. Keep it there until it is too hot to stand (don’t burn your­self!) Presto, no more itch! This works like a mir­a­cle.

  7. Dar
    August 15, 2006

    I smash a cou­ple of anti­his­t­a­mine tablets between two spoons, add a cou­ple of drops of water to make a paste, rub it on the bite, it usu­al­ly takes a few moments but does give relief from the itch!

  8. Allyssa
    August 16, 2006

    Well, I’m like you, the mos­qui­tos LOVE me! Right now, I just fig­ured out, I have 12, yes 12 mos­qui­to bites on 1 arm. I live in the coun­try in Wis­con­sin, and there are just sworms of them around. I think the only thing OFF! or Repel does is waste mon­ey and make you stink? ANYONE AGREE?

  9. Dan
    August 18, 2006

    When I was grow­ing up, my mom used to use cig­a­rette ash­es on my bites. The swelling would go away the itch would be gone. Always worked for me, now I use it on my kids. You don’t have to be a smok­er to do this, just get a cig­a­rette and let it burn.

  10. Shaina
    October 8, 2006

    I’ve got a huge on on my upper lip, damnit.
    And right now, I could care less about the itch­ing on it, as well as on the oth­er var­i­ous places plagued with bites.
    It’s Mon­day morn­ing, and I’m won­der­ing if this makeshift icepack are going to take the swelling down.
    So…try ice? It numbs it down.
    Also, I read that Aloe Vera works.
    I’m con­sid­er­ing try­ing that in thir­ty min­utes.

  11. Tom
    January 28, 2007

    Trust me on this one — I am the mos­qui­to mag­net myself. So big, that when my father goes hunt­ing, he takes me with him in order to get a 100% pro­tec­tion from mos­qui­tos — mean­ing that if I am in the place where mos­qui­tos are — they will bite no one exept me :) I even start­ed my own web­page — So the one and the only cure after a mos­qui­to bite is not to scrach it. If you’ll not touch it for an hour — it will go off.

  12. Mosquito bite
    January 28, 2007

    In some cas­es, hyper­sen­si­tiv­i­ty to mos­qui­to bites may be asso­ci­at­ed with an under­ly­ing med­ical con­di­tion, such as chron­ic lym­pho­cyt­ic lym­phoma or cer­tain viral infec­tions, such as Epstein-Barr virus. How­ev­er, this is uncom­mon.

  13. lopheaded
    February 28, 2007

    USE TOOTHPASTE!!!!!!!!! i get a lit­tle bit of toothaste and rub it in hard. As long as u jeep it from water, it shuld­nt itch.

  14. maybz
    June 7, 2007

    Here are lists of ways to treat mos­qui­to bites:
    1. Calamine lotion works to stop the itch­ing and to reduce the swelling
    2. Wear pro­tec­tive cloth­ings when going out­side
    3. Avoid wear­ing bright col­ored and flo­ral clothes, since mos­qui­toes bites any­thing that reminds them of nec­tar.
    4. Make a paste out of bak­ing soda and water and apply over the bite.
    5. Apply cold com­press.
    6. You may men­thol, or tooth­paste to relieve the itch.
    7. Use mos­qui­to repel­lants (lotion)

  15. Trevor
    June 17, 2007

    I use my zip­po light which i car­ry with me every­where. When i get a bite, i light the lighter, then hold it so the lid is just above the flame and heats up. Then i close it and hold the hot met­al lighter against the bite. I do this for as long as i can stand. If done right when i get the bite, it nev­er swells up. If the bite swells up and gets itchy, it stops the itch­ing for a few hours and helps them heal faster. Im not sure about how true this is, but I was told its because the pro­tein that makes up the mos­qui­to sali­va breaks down (cooks) as a low­er temp tham human skin. So if you apply heat enough to break down the mos­qui­to sali­va but not enough to burn your­self, it makes the bites just go away. Any way to apply heat works, just apply as much heat as you can stand, for as long as you can take with­out burn­ing your­self. Thats why i always keep my zip­po with me, its the per­fect pock­et sized bite zap­per.

  16. itchy & scratchy
    July 9, 2007

    I’ve always had seri­ous reac­tions to mos­qui­to bites — they turn out to be this huge red bump that is flam­ing hot. The itch is usu­al­ly unbear­able too. At the moment, I have 18 mos­qui­to bites, all of which are insane­ly itchy — stu­pid out­door wed­ding! I’m cur­rent­ly cov­ered in calamine lotion which seems to help a lit­tle — thanks for all the tips though, I’m gonna try them.…all of them! One of them’s got­ta do the trick!

  17. ted
    July 10, 2007

    yeah i have aloe vera on both of my feet, i have 15 on my right foot and 8 on my left foot, mos­qui­tos have always enjoyed hav­ing a free meal on me, and this aloe vera seems to do the trick, it calms down the skin and just gives me some relief.

  18. jofo
    July 13, 2007

    To avoid get­ting bit in the first place, when walk­ing say, down a trail, hold your breath. When you have to exhale do it over your shoul­der and take a cou­ple quick steps then hold again. Mos­qui­toes use CO2, mois­ture and heat (in that order) to find their host in the first place. I have used this method for years to sep­a­rate myself from my breath-cloud and it real­ly works. It won’t elim­i­nate all encoun­ters but will severe­ly cut down on them. Once bit, the heat thing real­ly works! I just use a bic lighter and let it burn for a few sec­onds until the met­al gets hot enough. They sell lit­tle pen­light sized heaters express­ly for this pur­pose btw… look online and you can find them for around $10. They rec­om­mend hold­ing it on a bite for 20–30 sec­onds as soon as you notice it. After that, no itch, no swelling… with most peo­ple any­way, even us swelling-prone vic­tims! Good luck!

  19. angel
    July 16, 2007

    Try using Bac­tine First Aid Anti­sep­tic. It has lido­cane which numbs the bites, and cures the itch. It also has anti­sep­tic which helps with infec­tion caused by itch­ing. Works great for about 2 hours at a time.

  20. Wanda
    July 29, 2007

    try using speed stick by mennen.Its mens deo. works great on bug bites.

  21. Ernie
    July 29, 2007

    Use Apple Cider Vine­gar. You may smell ter­ri­ble after, but the relief is amaz­ing. ;]

  22. Isobel
    August 12, 2007

    HI. I nev­er thought I would get such a bad bite in Scot­land. ( I am ready to chop off my hand.) It is so red, hot, tight, swollen and ten­der , It is also creep­ing up my arm. I have tried Anti­h­es­timines, antibi­otics, Hydro­chor­si­ton cream anti­sep­tic, ice packs, vine­gar, you name it I have tried it but it is STILL so bloody sore and swollen. Maybe I just need to wait longer for the pills the DOC. gave me to “kick in” mean­while, I have to go now and put myself back in the freez­er to stop the itch­ing. Good luck out there.

  23. denise
    August 14, 2007

    i am always a tasty snack for bugs. I have about twen­ty now just on my foot. aloe vera helps give some relief for the itch, but off seems to do nada..any bet­ter treat­ments to ward off the pests?

  24. lisa lindinburgo
    August 25, 2007

    I have found that prick­ing them with a nee­dle stops the itch­ing

  25. Karen
    September 19, 2007

    HEAT is the answer. Check out the posts on 7/10/07, 6/7/07, 8/9/06. I saw this rem­e­dy some­where else this week, tried it, and NO MORE ITCH! Zap a mug of water, etc. in the microwave for 2 min­utes, then hold the hot mug on the bite for at least 1 minute. Don’t burn your­self but the heat should be enough to be, well, pret­ty hot. No itch for the last 2 days…a mir­a­cle for me. Evi­dent­ly the heat kills the pro­teins (which cause the itch) that the mos­qui­to injects. Who’d a-thunk it?

  26. gfhf
    September 30, 2007

    try get­ting bit in the lip AND the nose. my nose is already big enough, now it just looks like a fuck­ing moun­tain with like THREE bites on it. oh and don’t for­get the low­er lip one, which stings like hell, in addi­tion to mak­ing me look like a swollen fucking..CHEESE PUFF. or some­thing. AGHHHH
    k thanks, had to vent some­where.
    now i need a cure.

  27. Diane
    October 3, 2007

    Hi, you can get tem­po­rary relief to the itch­ing by mark­ing cross­es over the bite with your nails helps for a few hours and then you need to make some new cross­es when the itch start­ing to come back .. can’t think of any­thing else .. i too get the swelling and puffs.

  28. Devante
    October 7, 2007

    Yea use hot water on the mos­qui­to bite or put baby Pow­der on it. it stops the itch­ing.

  29. S
    October 11, 2007

    I have three bites on my back that r the size of an almond. I WISH THEY WOULD DISSAPEAR!!!!!!!AHHHHHHH!!!
    I am going home and try­ing every stink­ing thing!!!!!

  30. s
    October 11, 2007

    I have a bite on my back the size of an almond! Dri­ving me NUTS!!HELP!!!

  31. elisa
    June 25, 2008

    Rub the mos­qui­to bite with the inside of banana peel. It reduces swelling and irri­ta­tion.

  32. jennifer
    July 15, 2008

    unbe­liev­able. i got 66 mos­qui­to bites all over my legs and 9 on my arms from a pool par­ty. theyre all inflamed, its gross. i’ve tried putting on some neosporin but i dont think its help­ing. does any­one know if dipro­lene can be used?

  33. EB
    September 13, 2008

    I have 30 mos­qui­to bites on each foot/leg! After going to see a play in the park.This is what I do:a put some water in the large dish with 1 tbs salt,1tbs of bak­ing soda,2 tbs of vine­gar, 4tbs of oat­meal, 2bags of tea. Then add a hot water from tea ket­tle grad­u­al­ly as hot as you can stand it. Please,do not burn youself.Then after using a wholle tea ket­tle, dry your feet and put some petro­le­um jel­ly or aloe vera. I do this 3 times a day.Take some vit­a­min C to help you skin heal.My feet are soak­ing now.

  34. EB
    September 13, 2008

    For­got to tell you. Dr.Weil rec­om­mends tak­ing B-com­plex vit­a­mins. Mos­qui­toes do not like your blood this much after that. I haven’t tried it but I will since I am a major mos­qui­to mag­net.

  35. Stephanie
    August 19, 2009

    i got 7 mos­qui­to bites in one night! i’ve tried ice, tooth­paste, nail pol­ish, vine­gar, aloe vera, anti-itch lotion, benadryl itch-relief stick but noth­ing seems to work for more than an hour! i real­ly real­ly need help!


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