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What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

Anyone have suggestions on how to reduce or prevent mosquito bites from swelling or becoming inflamed?

Typically when myself or my son gets a bite in most cases it will swell to the size of a silver dollar. Aside from normal prevention techniques any tips on treatment or ways of reducing/preventing the swelling.


  • it itches but is not painful
  • the swelling does go down on it's own after time but can last quite a while
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marked as duplicate by HorusKol, Kevin, user-87, Timothy Strimple, Aim Kai Feb 10 '12 at 10:54

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I would say they're duplicates - swelling and itching are caused by the same problem, and would be treated in much the same way. – HorusKol Jan 28 '12 at 10:48
I would disagree, b/c in my case ,and in many others, what may help itching does absolutely nothing for the swelling. – RDL Jan 28 '12 at 16:07
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It is possible your son is allergic to mosquitos.

Some natural solutions to itching & swelling include rubbing the area with:

  • apple vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • eucalyptus oil
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • raw garlic
  • raw honey reduces pain
  • vinegar mixed with olive oil

You can also rub 1 tablespoon of lavender oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and rub it directly on the bite, this helps with reducing the swelling. Keep this mixture away from the eyes though.

Source: Natural Remedies for Insect Bites.

Have a look at AfterBite, it is a treatment for insect bites and stings.

You can apply it to bitten areas, provides relief from mosquito, ticks, fleas, horse flies, black flies, etc.

Note: I am not affiliated with this product in any way, shape, or form.

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Thank you @studiohack. I am also allergic to them. We do find that AfterBite is useful for taking away some of the itchiness however not so much on taking away the swelling side. – RDL Jan 28 '12 at 8:10
Nice find! Thanks for sharing it. – RDL Jan 28 '12 at 8:24

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