What do you do if you have an insect bite?

What do you do if you have an insect bite?
Where there is a garden the chances of insect bites are several. They could be bees, wasps, big ants and even mosquitoes. For such mishaps home remedies seem to work but while they last there is great discomfort.

I had that experience. When I woke up this morning, I see part of my hand has turned red and lumpy. On a close look I notice two small sting bites close together. I do not know where they came from and who did that job. Possibly it could be the wasps. There is a wasp nest on a plant and I was watering the garden yesterday. It may not be the mosquitoes as mosquito bites only leave a lump but no sting marks.

I immediately started on homoeopathy both internally and externally but it just struck me Aloe vera gel could work faster. I have Aloe vera plants in my garden. I was a distributor of products based on aloe vera marketed by an American company and so I know the benefits of Aloe vera

I have turmeric powder in the house which is prepared from home grown turmeric.It is a long drawn process. Turmeric needs to be dug out, washed, boiles, minced, dried in the sun and then the powder is prepared. I shall now mix the turmeric powder and the gel of the aloe vera leaf and apply it on the area where there is redness and swelling. I am sure it will have the desired effect.

I should have thought of it much earlier. Anyway there is no harm in resorting to more than one disciplines and so here I am resorting to both homoeopathy and herbal treatment

Do you have any other ways to contain this nuisance? There could be allopathy treatment too but that is the last discipline that I would ever want to go for. It always has side effects.

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I only get bitten by mosquitoes and sometimes ants. I have never been bitten or stung by huge insects like wasps or bees and such. Whenever I get bitten, I just scratch the area if it itches. If the itch lasts for more than 15 minutes, I put either Military balm or white flower on the swollen area to reduce and hopefully eliminate the itch.
Posted by limberg on 11-04-2017
Like you, I also have the balm for insect bites particularly mosquito bites that are so itchy that I get irritated no end. I know of someone who was attacked by a swarm of bees. He was stung on the face that included the ears and the nape. The antidote used was vinegar which was applied on the entire areas that were affected. The vinegar was applied for 2 hours so that it will penetrate the skin and kill the venom. After that, the person took a bath and he seemed all right.
Posted by Corzhens on 07-02-2018
When I get an insect bites that is really itchy and painless I usually able a cold cloth to it. I find that the cold will help ease the itching. I also use calamine lotion. It does make it feel better. If you don't itch it then it will feel better a lot quicker. For me these two things are really all that I need to deal with insect bites.
Posted by Sue on 11-04-2017
I do nothing, I just hold the pain until it disappears. I'm not allergic to any insect bites so, I don't have to use any medication when an insect bites me. In my country, there is are a lot of mosquitos and they are very annoying so, I have to keep my body covered so they can't bite me, I wear all the time sweatpants, socks, and shirts with long sleeves.
Posted by cubo on 11-04-2017
I have heard that onions and vinegar may help with insect bites. My dad once got stung by some wasps and my mum rubbed a slice of yellow onions on the bites. She repeated this a few times and eventually my dad started to feel better. I have never used any homemade remedies for insect bites. If I ever get bitten then I apply a balm.
Posted by Pixie on 11-04-2017
I hardly get bitten by an any insect but if I do,I apply a balm called solvent balm that would help soothe the itch which could be very irritating if one keeps on scratching, then control myself from scratching the area which I know with the application of the balm it will be possible, then forget about it for a while and the itch and pains would go away with time.
Posted by lovely on 11-04-2017
I haven't had an insect bite in a long time now... not sure why because when I was a child, I often got bit by the mosquitos at night but now, there's none around. However, whenever I did get bitten by a random insect we usually had one of those special gel creams that you can buy at the grocery shops. They are advertised specifically for insects - apply after the bite. It always helped and there were never any major issues.
Posted by Mehano on 11-04-2017
The decision I'm going to make - at least the initial one - will depend on the type of animal that bit me. But basically, I'm going to see a doctor.

It already happened to me when I was a kid I got bitten by a bee on the shoulder and it was an experience - physically - very painful (I had to take a vaccine and some medications).
Posted by wiseagent on 11-04-2017
I don;t really do anything. I haven't found anything to put on that relieves the bite, sting or whatever. I do have creams here that I could put on if need be, but I am not sure that they would be that helpful. They will get better in a few days. I think the best thing to do is just to wait. They will improve.
Posted by kgord on 11-04-2017
I usually don't get bit because I stay in the house lol. Most of the time when I am outside its an ant bite and all I do is put rubbing alcohol on it. Then if that doesn't work I just pop it and put peroxide on it, until it goes away.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-04-2017
I'm not sure what I would do really, I guess it depends on what the insect was. I mean if they were harmless then like an ant then I probably won't do anything. Ant bites aren't that bad but can be annoying sometimes. But if it was a lot worse then I would try and see what I would need to do on the internet.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-04-2017
Usually the first thing I do is wash with soap and water the place where I was bitten. If I have too much trouble I can use a proper ointment for burns and insect bites. If I notice that my hair is irritated, maybe I can see a doctor.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-04-2017
Most bites and stings will heal on their own without a visit to a doctor. There are several things you can do to relieve pain and itching and prevent infection from a bite or sting. I always bitten by insects like mosquitoes and it is really pissed me off. When I see red spots in my arms or legs it’s really irritate me. First remedy I will do is to put alcohol on insect bites then I will put an ointment calamine lotion relieve itching redness. I’m really afraid of mosquito bites because I been once had a “dengue” and it is life threatening.
Posted by honeybabe on 11-04-2017
As a person who rarely receives insect bites beyond mosquito bites in the Summer months, I usually knock them out with rubbing alcohol from my local cvs or walgreens.
Posted by NickJ on 11-04-2017
I don't actually do anything especial but there's a tradition in my country where you take 3 different leaves from 3 different plants ( yes, any plant) and you have to rubb it in the place the insect bit you. That's supposed to be what the native people did when there where no drugs or ointments.I'm really allergic to bees so when a bee bite me I have to take antihistaminics to prevent the allergy from happening or getting any worse.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 11-04-2017
We make use of the herbs that have been passed down to our family for generation. And those type of the methods for wounds and insect bites work on most of the things. And the aloe vera seems to be more effective on the insect bite. So I'd say that it can be good enough on that option. For some people it can also work on the skin burns too. I'd say one should think about that as well.
Posted by overcast on 11-05-2017
When insect bites I apply turmeric paste (made from cooking oil and turmeric powder) on the affected area. Turmeric has antiseptic properties. It is also effective against toxins. I also use aloe vera gel when an insect bites. Alovera has anti-inflammatory properties.
Posted by vinaya on 11-05-2017
I guess that what I would do would consider what kind of bite it was or the severity of the bite. Where I live is notorious for spiders, and you have to watch out for brown recluse spiders; if one of those bites you, you must go directly to the hospital. Mosquitoes are terrible here as well, and some people have really bad reactions to them. When one bites me, it's not really a big deal, and it might just be slightly irritating. However, I have seen people get huge rashes and welts on them from insect bites such as this, so they to treat these bites to avoid infection and discomfort. Aloe, cortisone cream, triple antibiotic cream, and other remedies easily found in one's home can treat these kinds of bites with no problem.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-06-2017
Count me on the cortisone and triple antibiotic cream. I've been eaten by mosquitoes thousands of times, and that's pretty common living in a tropical country right? but honestly, I've seen the terrible infections that can cause, and for sure I wash the area with soap and water, put on some ice, and rub my cortisone/antibiotic ointment. Depending on the insect I tend to have something for allergies, specially if it's a bee or spider.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-11-2017
gata montes
As Insect bites are a normal part of everyday life where I live - I generally do nothing more than kill the itching with an ice cube or vinegar. However - although the latter usually does the trick - for those bites that don’t respond to the ice or vinegar treatment - meaning they carry on itching or start swelling - I use tea tree oil - as not only does it help prevent the bite becoming infected but it helps in making it heal pretty fast too.
Posted by gata montes on 11-06-2017
Insects bites are also common here as I am living in a countryside. I have never used vinegar. Does it help to minimise the poisonous effect? Ice is just for cooling purpose, is that right?
Posted by vinaya on 01-12-2018
Thanks for sharing the link. I think the home remedies you use are effective although I have never tried them. I have had insect bites before and I used to apply Colgate tooth paste. Since Colgate is alkaline it helps in neutralizing the acidic environment created by the insect after stinging you.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 11-07-2017
Never heard of anyone who uses Colgate toothpaste on insect bites. I think your explanation about using toothpaste sounds very valid. I will try this. By the way I have used toothpaste on pimples and pustules and it works.
Posted by vinaya on 01-12-2018
Whenever I get some insect bites, I just don't scratch them. I don't want to have scars because they don't heal fast. It really looks awful in the skin. I just soothe the insect bites with alcohol so it won't feel itchy. That simple remedy is effective to me. It heals faster. Then I just avoid getting bitten by using electric fan because I still believe that prevention is better than cure. At least I won't feel the discomfort of having a bite.
Posted by Krisleen on 11-19-2017
When I have an insect bite I run to my husband and tell him an insect bit me. He used to work in a pharmacy and he usually tells me what's the best way to treat the bite.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-25-2017
Very lucky of you to have your own pharmacist at home. I don't have anyone to run to, usually my family run to me when they have these kind of emergencies. One that never fails is the Hydrocortisone cream, that's the one I'm always keep nearby, specially in a tropical country like mine, where bees, flies, and mosquitos are everywhere.
Posted by ballyhara on 01-11-2018
I am a magnet for mosquitoes such that when there are mosquitoes around, expect me to itch later because they will certainly bite me. One friend said that the mosquitoes love my skin. Anyway, I always bring Off lotion to protect me especially when we go to the mountain resort where mosquitoes abound. And when I get bitten, there’s the vaporub ointment that I use to ease the itch of the bite on my skin. But when I get bitten in many parts, I wash the skin with soap and water. That relieves the itch faster.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-05-2018
Whenever I have an insect bite, what I do is I put alcohol over it. It has been what my family does on these kind of situation. If there is no available alcohol we were told to slap the bites instead of scratching it to reduce the inflammation that the scratching can cause. It sounds really weird but it actually works. I think the usage of alcohol is not really to remove whatever cause the infection but to relieve the itching sensation.
Posted by hazel42704 on 03-06-2018
Whenever I have an insect bite I would apply a cotton with alcohol to the affected area but the itchiness would come back, then I learned a very effective method of instantly curing itchiness by applying some liniment or Omega Pain Killer, which has menthol, Eucalyptus and camphor. This is a surefire method of repelling insects as well as taking away the itchiness from insect bites.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 07-02-2018
Well, insect bites can be very irritating and often very painful in many cases. mosquito bites are very common and avoidable if you take proper precautions, however, if you are bitten by anything like a honey bee then the pain that you experience can be unbearable. Some insects can give you uncontrollable itching with there bites. I have used aloe vera gel or fresh aloe vera juice to treat all kinds of bites and found it very effective.
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-29-2018
In my experience I been bitten my tarantula pet not that venomous, my skin suddenly have a rashes all over my body. So I suddenly ran to the nearest hospital. It is flat, a little hard, and spread out. There’s a tiny hole in the middle, where the original skin puncture occurred. And it itches like crazy.
Posted by jetselle on 11-06-2018
I don't know what type of skin I have but insects love to bite my skin. I always get scars because of their bites. What I do is applying vicks or efficascent oil on the affected areas. It helps to prevent itch.
Posted by superlicca on 11-18-2018
The best way so that mosquitoes won't bite you is to put on some anti mosquito lotion. I use Off Lotion which contains properties which repels mosquitoes. But if I'm bitten then I'll wash it with hot water and soap and then apply some 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to the affected portion . Doing this would minimize the itchiness.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-12-2018
If it's mosquitoes or something that leaves my skin red, swollen, and itchy I use slightly hot water with a tablespoon of vinegar. It helps lessen the swell and the itch. I'm not sure if it will work for all but it has worked well for me and my son. But of course that's only when I don't have any creams or medicated ointments for the bite.
Posted by knnon on 12-16-2018
Buy some oil based liniment, I'm using Omega Pain Killer and cover the affected area with the liniment and it works great. Also if you put liniment on your body, insects won't bite you.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-16-2018
I would simply apply alcohol, be able to put some lotion/ointment on it and to just avoiding scratching or interacting with it.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-17-2018