Many people get bitten by mosquitos each year, but bites can affect people differently. When mosquitoes bite, they draw out blood while injecting some of their saliva. Their saliva contains an anticoagulant and proteins.
The proteins are foreign substances that trigger the body’s immune system. To fight them the body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes the itchiness, inflammation, and swelling.
Q: Why do mosquito bites itch more after you scratch them?
A: When you scratch a mosquito bite, this causes the skin to become even more inflamed. Since inflammation causes your skin to itch, you can get into a cycle where scratching will cause even more of an itchy sensation. In addition, by continuing to scratch you run the risk of breaking the skin and causing an infection, leading to even more of an itch.
Immediate Relief For Mosquito Bites
1. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol
2. Apply honey on the bite
3. Take an oatmeal bath
4. Use a cold tea bag
5. Make a basil rub
6. Take over-the-counter antihistamines
7. Use ointments containing lidocaine or benzocaine
8. Apply aloe vera
9. Itchy Anywhere Cream