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Mosquito Bites- Itch relief that really works!

Updated on August 28, 2015

Some information about Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites bite! They swell, they itch and the continuous scratching can drive just about anyone mad. For most of us the bite is worse than the actual "haunting" the mosquito carried out in our room for hours and hours before we finally took the covers off our faces for a breath of fresh air. So we made the choice, suffocate or risk getting bit! If it didn't get you while you were trying to sleep, it will surely get you another time: the family picnic, a hike or simply while you are enjoying a beautiful day being "one with nature".

Why do Mosquitoes bite?

It is usually the female mosquito that bites humans as the nutrients required to produce her eggs come from human blood. Males feed on plants and nectar; so I guess that makes this the one instance in which you can "blame it on the woman!"

Why do Mosquito bites Itch?

When a mosquito bites a human it actually punctures the skin, as it feeds on the human blood it injects a small amount of it's saliva into the skin. This helps to dilute the blood so it can pass more easily through the mosquitoes thin snout.

The presence of this saliva in the bite is treated by the body as a foreign substance and the immune system goes to work to attack the foreign substance, the result of this is the itching. A bump forms over the bite as the immune system works to break down the protein in the mosquitoes saliva. The itchiness and swelling will continue until the immune system has successfully broken down the foreign substance.

What works to stop the itch?

For real! Not these old wives tales or remedies we read about that end up giving little to no relief. I have never successfully stopped the itch of a mosquito bite by making an X in the bite with my fingernail. Benedryl, calamine lotion, itch creams, cold cloths or other anti itch products have offered little help either. However, this past summer I was let in on a little secret, well maybe it isn't a secret but I had never heard of it, nor had any of my friends or family. But guess what?, it really worked!!! It actually got rid of the itch, it brought relief and it made the bite almost instantly feel better... ready for this, here it is:

Tiger Balm!!!

Yup, Tiger Balm! That little glass jar of muscle pain relief that you can buy at the Dollar Store or Walmart for next to nothing. After applying it to the bite, it first heats it up then cools it down and within seconds the itch is gone and you have permanent relief. It is amazing! Trust me, I grew up in the sticks and have had many bites over the years and this is the ONLY remedy that has ever worked. So, the next time you are outside, enjoying the day, minding your own business and one of these little buggers bite you, reach for the Tiger Balm.

You're Welcome!


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I like most everything about summer, except the Mosquitos!

      Helpful read.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      I've spent time where mosquitoes were as big as birds (lol) so I know what it's like to be covered in itchy bites, this was the only thing I have ever used that has actually helped.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Well you're going to love the Tiger Balm. Rub it in for a few seconds till it starts to heat up, then as is starts to cool you'll notice the itch is gone.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I learned something new. Tiger Balm - will have to look for it. I am plagued as I am big gardener and will try everything. I have found alcohol is helpful and baking soda baths.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Definitely worth getting gypsywillow. We attended a family reunion in Ottawa last summer (closer to the outskirts ) and the mosquitoes were the worst I have ever experienced. I would have suffered from all the bites without the Tiger Balm.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome, happy to share!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Never heard of Tiger Balm but I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the info.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      YW picklesandrufus! It works wonders.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for the info.! With this warm winter, we all may need some Tiger Balm.....the mosquitoes are already out in places!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wow! thank you for this. I shall get some straight away!

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome Imogen, you are going to be in awe over how well it works.

      same to you hush (and thanks for taking the time to read and comment)

      and brittanytodd, thank you as well!

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      Imogen French 6 years ago from Southwest England

      Excellent, thanks for the advice! Tiger balm is something I always keep in my medicine cupboard for various aches and pains. I had never thought to use it for bites, though. I will definitely try this next time one of my family is afflicted.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Tiger Balm is the best solution to pesky mosquito bites! Great work here, Hush! I'll have to share this one. :)

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      hush4444 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you so much for this great tip! We're plagued by mosquitoes in the summer when it rains a lot and now I'll finally have some relief.

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      Awesome oldrick! Toothpaste? Wow! The Tiger Balm is amazing, I couldn't believe it!

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      cheatlierepeat 6 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome, Thank you! It really does work, I was amazed by the relief I got almost instantly. I am one of these people who swell up the size of a quarter from bug bites. I have only used this with mosquito bites but am thinking it would work well on other bug bites as well.

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      Richard Ingate 6 years ago from UK

      Yes, we used Tiger Balm when living in Asia. Believe it or not (try it!) we also used toothpaste which was (fairly) effective :)

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for sharing this tip; I imagine it will make many people's summers a little more bearable.

      Voted up and SHARED.