Mosquito bites cause misery to millions each year, who are prone to mosquito bites. What can you do to prevent mosquito bites from becoming infected?
It is easy to tell your children or spouse to stop scratching if they have mosquito bites all over their bodies, but this is one of the best ways to prevent mosquito bites from becoming infected. Use topical over-the-counter ointments and treatments or more aggressive prescription creams and lotions to help soothe the unbearable itching of mosquito bites. Applying ice packs, aloe vera and other treatments can also help prevent mosquito bites from becoming infected by reducing the swelling and itching, thus aiding in a speedier recovery.
Signs of Infected Mosquito Bites
Some of the tell-tale signs of infected mosquito bites include an enlargement of the red area that surrounds the original site of the mosquito bite, along with swelling and pain. An infected mosquito bite will also start to drain pus from the bite site, which can take days to clear up.
Treating Infected Mosquito Bites
If your mosquito bites have been allowed to fester, you will have to deal with a few extra days of discomfort until the bites disappear altogether. The key to successful at-home mosquito bite infection treatment is consistency. Choose a treatment method that works best for you. Some mosquito bite sufferers recover best when heat is applied to the infected mosquito bite region. However, others such as myself, do better when cold is applied. Home remedies include hydrogen peroxide, Betadine solution, an ice pack or a homemade vinegar solution.
When to See a Doctor
If all your efforts to prevent the mosquito bites from becoming infected have failed and the redness and drainage continues, thus showing that the home remedies have not done the trick, it is important to make an appointment to see your doctor for a new course of treatment that will deal with the mosquito bite infection once and for all. An antibiotic treatment can help to clear up a mosquito bite infection.
The best way to prevent mosquito bites from becoming infected is to stop scratching the bites and to use remedies to help reduce the itchiness, redness and swelling. Signs of an infected mosquito bite include increased swelling, redness and pain, along with the drainage of pus from the site of the bite. Treat infected mosquito bites with home remedies. If the infection worsens, see a doctor as soon as possible.
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