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Mosquito Bite Relief and Prevention

Updated on August 23, 2017

Mosquito Bite Relief That Really Works

Finding a product for mosquito bite relief that really works is much harder to do than you would think. I have tried them all, aloe vera, lavender gel, antiseptic cream, hydrocortizone cream. You name it and I have tried it, they all work up to a point but none that I would consider particularly effective.

But finally after years of suffering at the hands, metaphorically speaking that is, of those pesky little critters. I have found a cream that gives immediate relief and does seem to calm the bite down really effectively. That may be because taking away the itch means you are actually able to leave the bite alone and not scratch it or irritate it further in any way. Who knows for sure, but if the end result is the itching is stopped and the bite heals more quickly then does it really matter.

The cream I found that works for me was from an American source, we just happened to be on vacation in Germany when we visited a shop that supplies to the American army, and we saw what was going to turn out to be the magic solution.

Now don't get me wrong, there is no such thing as a miracle cure, it isn't Dr McCoy coming out of the tube like a genie and pointing that atom arranging instrument at the bite and it disappears in a second. No this is the real world and you will need to reapply the cream and wait for the bite to heal naturally.

But it is the best cream I have found and the relief is pretty immediate, initially you will have to reapply fairly frequently to stop the itch but gradually it will calm down and after a day or so you may find you don't have to put cream on at all. Well perhaps overnight for a little while.

This cream does work pretty well for other types of bites as well, remembering that in a warm climate there is usually more than one predator out there willing to steal a bit of your blood or just bite you for the sheer fun they get from it. My experience is that this cream works on those bites better than any other I have found as well. But there are some beasties that can get you like a black mamba and times when the only real cure is time. Bring back Star Trek I say, Bones McCoy get your instrument ready for an instant repair job, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. But sadly that isn't going to happen in the near future, so we are just going to have to live with the best mosquito bite relief that is currently available.

It is also worth noting that if you have been bitten multiple times, then you may need to supplement the cream treatment with suitable antihistamine tablets of choice. Just be aware that some antihistamines can make you drowsy, so a good time to take them is about an hour before you go to bed.

Gold Bond Anti-Itch Cream - The Mosquito Bite Remedy Cream That Really Works

This really is a great product and you don't have to believe me, the customer reviews on this are straight 5 stars all the way. See a couple of the reviews below, or have a look when you get to the Amazon page.

It is highly rated and the reason is that it works.

Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream, 2-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3)
Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream, 2-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3)

Review by Katie -"Book Worm" on Amazon

Over the last couple years I have suffered from chronic hives - a very itchy condition (to say the least)! In order to find some measure of relief I began trying all sorts of anti-itch cream - and none of them made a dent in my discomfort. That is until I tried Gold Bond. This product has finally given me the itching relief I was looking for.

I love this product so much that I my husband & I actually bought their stock - something we don't do very often.

Given the relief I've found, I would HIGHLY recommend Gold Bond Medicated Anti-Itch Cream to anyone in need of such a product. It has worked miracles for me - maybe it will do the same for you...

Review by C English -"Truthseeker" on Amazon

Not only did the itch go away but the rash that I had for 10 days vanished

the next morning - it vanished where gold bond was applied -

There are others all with 5 stars, I think they all agree with me. Best anti-itch cream I have found.

 

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Insect Bite Prevention to Stop Mosquitoes

There is a better alternative to the best mosquito bite treatments and that is not to get bitten in the first place. This is a subject I have researched extensively on the Internet and there is only one conclusion that can be drawn when it comes to stopping mosquitoes. The only insect repellent that currently works effectively is a DEET based repellent. Lemon and eucalyptus based repellent (according to the customer reviews I have read on these products) may also work, but there is no real scientific evidence to support that statement.

The American army played a part in this diagnosis as well, with respect to DEET, because DEET was developed for the American army to protect them against mosquitoes when operating in the jungle or in hot, tropical climates.

Of course you can take other precautions to using insect repellents, for example it's always a good idea to cover up during the evening when the sun starts to go down, when walking in shady areas or at dawn when the sun is just coming up. Dawn and dusk are the two times when mosquitoes are most prevalent Also pay particular attention to where mosquitoes attack you, their favorite places are around your ankles across your back at the waistline, the back of your neck and the underside or back of your arms.

You can cover all these areas up, but the most vicious of the mosquitoes can often bite right through a thin covering. So in some places you need a particularly thick or dense cloth or a combination of insect repellent and covering up.

A word of warning on the DEET based products, even though I am recommending them as the most effective repellent, the manufacturers recommendation is nearly always, don't put it on under clothing. It really is only suitable for bare skin, not sure how the army deal with that one by spraying their clothes as well, but make sure the DEET you use is OK for that before spoiling a nice blouse of shirt. Here is a Selection of DEET based products to choose from.

So How Does DEET Work? - It's All To Do With How You Smell

DEET Based Insect Repellent - When conditions are severe you need a tough solution

Do what the US army do and use DEET based insect repellents if you really want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. Prevention is always better than cure.

Mosquito Bite Prevention from YouTube - Insect Bite Relief Through Prevention

Find out what practical steps you can take for mosquito bite prevention by making it harder for them to breed in your yard or garden.

Mosquito Traps are another way to resolve a mosquito problem, some are expensive but some can be cheap and cheerful as well. Depends on how bad your problem is on how much you want to pay.

Lemon Eucalyptus Based Insect Repellent - The natural alternative to DEET

All I can say is I haven't used it so I don't know for sure, but the reviews are mostly 5 stars and pretty positive. So if you have a major problem using DEET then this gives you an option that you can at least try.

Lemon Eucalyptus Pump 4oz
Lemon Eucalyptus Pump 4oz

Review by R Burnette on Amazon

I have been using this product for several years up here in New Hampshire, where fighting the black flies and mosquitos are epic struggles for outdoor survival. This is the only product I use for this purpose because: 1) it works quite well, 2) it contains no DEET, and 3) the smell is tolerable. What more can you ask?

 

A Few More Gold Bond Products - Insect bite relief that really works and a bit of pampering

Although I haven't personally tried any of the other products listed here, I couldn't help but notice how good the reviews were for all the Gold Bond products. So what I think we have found is a manufacturer that really knows what they are doing and as a result are producing some brilliant products. Oh you lucky people in the USA.

You can be sure I will be searching Amazon UK for a few more of these products to see if I can get them though. Doesn't pay to ignore quality when you find it. All the products listed have been reviewed at straight 5 stars at the time of writing, in other words it doesn't get any better than that.

Tea Tree Oil for Insect Bites - Stops the Itching Really Fast

An alternative or supplement to Gold Bond cream, it really does work. I think as well as Gold Bond now having tried it out.

Good N Natural - 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil - 2 oz Liquid
Good N Natural - 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil - 2 oz Liquid

As time has gone on I have received many recommendations from various people to try out tea tree oil for relief of insect bites. I wasn't really that bothered about trying it out as I thought I had already found the best product to calm down those nasty itchy bites. But I have to say, tea tree oil is about as effective as Gold Bond cream.

So now I can say in all honesty, and from someone that suffers badly when bitten, that I cannot choose between the two. My solution then is to have both of these amazing products to hand for those times I do get caught out and get bitten. If you are suffering you may well be advised to do the same.

It's supposed to be good for healing cold sore damage as well.

 

Let us know how you treat or prevent insect and mosquito bites

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Hi, Yes I have experienced Texan mosquitoes when I visited Houston and before I knew how to stop them. Not an experience I would like to repeat.:-)

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Have you ever heard about our Texas sized mosquitoes? Wow. Thats one that will leave a bite for sure.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @othellos: We live near the Mediterranean as well and we are quite lucky that where we are the mosquito problem isn't so bad. But when they do come they can be a real nuisance, usually when we have hot weather after wet weather, but taking the correct precautions and using the proper repellents can reduce the problem significantly. The Gold Bond is good for the persistent ones that get through and actually find a way to bite.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @clevergirlname: Gold Bond definitely helps me, there is no perfect cure but this does take the itch out quite effectively and helps you stop scratching. Which is the worst thing you can do incidentally.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Impressive and very useful lens. As a Mediterranean habitant I face mosquito only during summer, when we sleep with open windows (sorry, but still do it!). Your suggestions are a real relief from those bites. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      Mosquitoes hunt me down. Makes me sad. Maybe this Gold Bond will work.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @Snakesmum: Hi, yes Tea Tree Oil does work quite well for mosquito bites and other bites as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      We have some vicious mossies here in Australia, and my partner and I use Tea Tree Oil if we have been bitten. It's great.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      @BritFlorida: Well that's nice and simple, also very easy to try out if anyone does get bitten. Thanks for the tip.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      If you're bitten, rub a dry cake of soap onto the bite. This stops the itching at once.

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I'm a mosquito magnet (my husband calls me his walking citronella) so I'm always interested in hints and tips for preventing and dealing with bites.

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      Really good resource.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Very good information especially with the whole West Nile thing going around right now. I hardly ever get bitten--maybe once or twice a year! But my son and fiancé get bitten quite often. Thanks for sharing this excellent lens!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      Thank you for the tips. No matter what I do I always get tons of mosquito bites. Drives me crazy.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Good information on mosquitoes. My husband covers his with mud!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've used a device called Therapik.It is a lightweight ,battery operated,handheld device that when activated delivers therapeutic heat to the bite zone.The heat denatures the venom in the bite and provides relief from the itching,pain and swelling.Works great on all kinds of insect bites.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Those pesky mosquitoes love the dusk and dawn hours. Female mosquitoes and their bloody addiction to lay eggs! Gotta love those furry flying friendly bats for doing their part, in eating up all the bloodsucking, disease carrying flying hypodermic needles. Thanks for this helpful article. If I ever get bit, It's simple, I just don't touch it or itch it no matter how much it yearns for my nails to scrape it. If you don't itch it, it goes away really fast! I have a nice handy tennis racket type bug zapper that they sell on the market. Another relief is after you get bit, go and run some nice cool water on that spot and barely rub it for a second and it's a nice calming sensation to the bite.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I appreciate the advice. We get so many mosquitoes around here.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      When I get bitten, it can swell to the size of half a tennis ball. Get that on your eyelid and you look like Henry Cooper. I've never tried Gold Bond but I will - obviously not on eyelids though.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      They drive me crazy - and drive me indoors for most of summer, I get mosquito bite relief from using aloe gel on them... and try to prevent them with sprays, but they don't work very well for me - I attract mozzies from miles away - lol!

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      @BarbaraCasey: I haven't personally, but I know people that have and didn't think they worked. Still there must be different types so perhaps the ones your friends used are good. Be nice to know the exact name so they could be added, but only if you have time. Many thanks

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Mosquito bites...I'm itching just thinking about them!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Did you ever try those curly yellow bracelet thingies? I have a friend who swears by them.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great topic. the brands you have mentioned are not available in our area. we are struggling with some other repellents.any how nicely presented lens. ~blessed~

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yup, prevention is the best choice by eliminating breeding habitat and really only products that contain DEET are effective. I grew up in mosquito country and Dr. McCoy was never around in those days. Gold Bond Anti-Itch Cream certainly is worth trying and has stood the test of time for being around forever, I'll have to keep it in mind....though, if a black momba comes along...then what do we do? Well done with fun!

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      kirstyrebecca 7 years ago

      I like the sound of lemon eucalyptus more than deet for repelling mosquitoes. I think tea tree oil is really good for bites as well, I have used it when I have been bitten and it works quite well. The Gold Bond sounds like a good option though so I think I will get some for my next holiday somewhere hot.

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      Weblady 7 years ago

      Mosquito bites can really spoil a holiday. Its better not to get bitten if you can avoid it but if you do then at least having a cream that calms things down will help.