Giving Mosquito Bite Treatment

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Some insect bites and stings cause itching and swelling, especially mosquitoes. Most of people scratch it to cure the itch. This is not the right mosquito bite treatment because it can swell the bites. Actually, the body can clear up the bites within several hours.

But, if you want to quicken the cure, there are several ways to do mosquito bite treatment that we have inspired from

Use cold compress

This is the easiest way of mosquito bite treatment. You only need to wrap an ice pack in a towel and place it on the swelling. Another alternative is dipping a cloth or towel into very cold water, the put it on the swell.

Cream or spray

Cream which contains local anesthetic, antihistamine, or mil hydrocortisone (1%) can prevent itching and swelling. Put it directly on the bites.

Antihistamine tablet

Another alternative of mosquito bite treatment is by taking antihistamine tablet, such as Benadryl or Claritin. It will also help reduce swelling. You can get the tablets from pharmacies or on prescription.

Homemade treatment

Mosquito bite treatment is not only in medicine form. You can also make it by yourself. You can use honey, aloe vera, lemons or lime juice, garlic, onion, or tea bags. Choose one of them and put them on the bites.

You can also use baking soda by mixing it with water to make pasta, mixing with witch hazel, or dissolving it into a warm bath. Another homemade treatment is by dipping a towel or cloth into a mixture of milk and water, the rub it on the bites.

Natural remedies

There are some kinds of essential oils which can be used as mosquito bite treatment. Tea tree, lavender, rosemary, neem, cedar oil, and witch hazel works best for it.

You can also use other plants. Rose-scented geraniums, lemon balm, catnip, basil, peppermint, lemon thyme, and lemongrass are good choices. You only have to crush the leaves, rub it on the swell, and use it as mosquito bite treatment as well.

Slapping or pinching

It sounds silly but it might work quickly. Brain can only register one feeling each time. When you make another pain on the skin, your brain will receive the pain and you can get some relief on the itchiness when the pain of the slap is over. You may try this mosquito bite treatment, but do it carefully.

Take painkillers

Only do this when the bite is getting worse and very harmful. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen. It is also safe for children under 16 years.

New Mosquito Repellent Ideas

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A few years ago, Ulrich Bernier was busy mixing together various chemicals in the lab, hoping to find out why the hematophagous insects bite some people more than others. Mosquitoes smell different chemicals and bacteria in human skin.

When you create a blend with a group of chemicals that are very similar to those found in low concentrations in our bodies, Bernier realized that the insects seemed to ignore it.
These chemicals – including the tongue twister homopiperazina and 1 – metilhomopiperazina, among others, seemed to have an ability to mask our mosquitoes smell, said Bernier, a chemical researcher in the Department of Agriculture of the United States agricultural research service.

Then Bernier and his colleagues created an experiment where people put their arms or hands inside a cage full of mosquitoes. Them insects avoided the skin of the subject when the cocktail chemical is released inside the cage.

Bernier and his colleagues created a formula of several chemical substances of a repellent, which was approved by the Office of patents and trademarks of the USA in 2012.

“It’s a pretty clean discovery, because I do not believe that no one else has demonstrated these chemicals capable of blocking skin odors that are normally attractive to mosquitoes,” said Bernier, who presented the research at the meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis last week.

Why we need a new repellent?

Insect-borne diseases are frequent and potentially dangerous. According to the U.S. Centers for disease prevention and Control, there are about 30,000 annual reported cases of Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks, and at least a thousand cases each year of mosquito caused by encephalitis, which includes the West Nile virus in the country. The new repellent is also effective against other blood sucking insects.

The insect repellent most common currently in use is DEET, which is designed to be sprayed on the skin. However, there is some concern about DEET and potential toxicity, and there is no great demand of equally effective alternatives.

How it works?

The new formula actually makes you invisible to insects, either.

Here’s an analogy to explain the difference between DEET and the new formula: If you walk into a room, smells bad, going, so is how DEET works. But with the new repellent, it is as if you walk into a room and does not smell anything, said Bernier.

Bernier said that it is not known why insects can not smell the compound.

How you apply the repellent?

The commercial availability is still far in the future – it is necessary that there is more evidence of toxicology in the formula, as well as field tests, said Bernier.

However, he said that it could be used indoors or outdoors and probably would work better in the air rather than applied to the skin. For example, the repellent could be issued from a sealed container which slowly released a steam into the air, creating a kind of protective bubble around your environment.

For example, if you are sitting in a patio, is can install several containers in all the patio.

Complete Guide about Insects Repellent

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The travel international entail, in if same, certain risks in health, that will depend on both of the traveller as of the type of trip to perform. Travelers can find with sudden and significant changes in altitude, humidity, temperature, etc., which adds a potential exposure to various infectious diseases.

One of the most important risks in travelers to certain areas are those that involve insects transmitters of disease (referred to as “Vectors”), notably the mosquito, the insect vector diseases severe and frequent in the tropics and subtropics.

Mosquitoes are the most important vectors of diseases, but are not, at all, alone. There are diseases that are spread by flies bite, tick, fleas, lice and bedbugs, but in general they are less frequent and more localized diseases geographically.

There are various measures of protection (see the section “Insect TRANSMITTERS of disease”), which include the correct information, avoiding travel to areas of outbreaks or epidemics active, wearing proper clothing, protected accommodation choice, the use of mosquito nets, the use of insecticides and use repellents on exposed skin.


Repellents are chemical compounds which, applied on the skin, interfere the chemical receptors of insects and prevent that they focus on skin for the sting. These products act only when the arthropod is located within walking distance of its goal, i.e., within walking distance of the skin.

Different species of insects or other arthropods react differently to the same repellent. The effectiveness of the repellent basically depends on its concentration and the rate and uniformity of application. Thus, abrasion of the clothing, the absorption capacity of the skin, bath or washing of the skin with water (including the water of rain) and high temperature environments (each 10 ° C temperature decreases by 50% the time protection) are factors that decrease the effectiveness of these products.

It is important to know that, in general, higher concentrations of active ingredient provide longer duration of protection regardless of the active ingredient, although concentrations above 50% will no longer offer a marked increase at the time of protection and that products with less than 10% of active ingredient may offer limited protection, often 1-2 hours.

Correct application: There are repellents in the form of liquids, lotions, waxes strong (bar type), creams, foams, soaps and impregnated wipes Repellents can also be applied to exposed skin or first applied on hands and then rubbed on the skin. Is should avoid the contact with mucous and not must be sprayed directly in her face or applied on eyelids or lips.

The palms of the hands should be washed after applying repellent. They should not apply in sensitive skin, damaged or burned by the Sun or in deep folds of skin. In general, repellents should be used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, without exceeding the dosage, especially in young children.

Products that combine solar and repellent protection because the instructions for the use of each of them are different are not recommended (most of the time the insect repellent does not need to be renewed as frequently as the sunscreen) and there are studies that show the possible interaction between both products, specifically increasing the systemic absorption of DEET when used combined with Sun protection. In general, the recommendation is applying protective solar in first place, and then, last 20 minutes, apply the repellent.
There are many products (repellents and other systems) sold also as safe, natural and effective to reduce the risk of bites of arthropods. However, different sources show these products as lacking sufficient scientific basis to recommend them or there is even one sufficient scientific basis to indicate the lack of utility of the product.

These products include various essential oils, electronic devices (ultrasonic), wrist, and ankle socks impregnated with repellents (either for human or animal use), electrocutadores devices, traps mosquitoes by smell and take by mouth of vitamin B1 or the ingestion of garlic. Since they have not been subjected to real evidence of effectiveness against insect vectors of diseases, travellers should consider them, in the best cases, third line or support measures.

Products that commonly used as mosquito repellents :

1. DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) is widely used in the world’s population repellent. It is effective for the majority of insects/arthropods.
2. Picaridin / Icaridin is another repellent of insects of broad use and effective also to repel many types of insects / arthropods.
3. other repellents topical use of proven, although with a less scientific knowledge about them are those based on IR-3535, pyrethrin, citridiol and citronelae. Repellents that can be advised also, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but available data for efficacy and safety are minor.