Mosquito Bites- Itch relief that really works!
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:
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.