Insect bites are quite irritating. Sometimes the itching remains for several days, causing inflammation and redness of the skin. In order to get relief from the irritation of insect bite quickly, you can do the following:
Wash the bite area
As soon as an insect bites you, wash the site with antiseptic soap and water. To prevent infection, rub the area with cotton soaked in an antiseptic lotion.
Insect bite often causes itching, which at times refuses to subside. To cure the itching, apply an ice pack at the site of the bite. Epsom salt is effective in curing itching caused by insect bite. Add one tablespoon of Epsom salt in a glass of warm water. Allow the solution to cool down. Now soak cotton in the Epsom salt solution and apply it on the insect bite site. Keep the cotton on the bite area for about fifteen minutes. This will help to reduce the itching.
Instead of using Epsom salt, you can also use baking soda to get relief from itching. Add a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Now dip a cloth in the solution and put the cloth at the site of the insect bite. Keep the cloth on the area for about five minutes. Once again, dip the cloth in the baking soda solution and repeat the process. The itching will go away gradually.
Calamine lotion can also help to reduce irritation caused by insect bite. Aspirin can also help to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by insect bite. Crush three to four aspirin tablets and add water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste at the site of the insect bite to cure the irritation. Essential oils of tea tree, lavender, cedar and witch hazel can also provide relief from itching.
Rubbing the insect bite site with a slice of lime or lemon juice can help to reduce the irritation. Rubbing the site of the insect bite with the inside of a banana peel can also work. Rubbing the insect bite area with a slice of onion can help reduce itching. To cure itching apply aloe vera gel on the insect bite. You can also make a paste with a handful of basil leaves and apply it on the bite area to stop itching.