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Cure It! Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites

It's the most wonderful time of the year: mosquito bite season.

Here's how to get rid of those nasty bites before you scratch your arm off!
Alcohol: While pounding a few beers can help you forget about your itchy skin, that's not the type of alcohol I'm talking about. Grab rubbing alcohol or an alcohol wipe from a first aid kit and clean the infected area as soon as you notice you're bitten, and it can help prevent severe itchiness. No alcohol? Simple soap and water works well, too.
Ice: To reduce swelling and numb the itch away, an ice pack does the trick. If you have too many bites to count, go for a cold shower or a dip in a chilly lake.
Toothpaste: If you don't mind little white spots all over your skin, apply dabs of peppermint toothpaste for quick itch relief.
Banana peel: Don't knock it till you try it! The sugars from the peel may help draw fluid out of the bite, so try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the area.
Saliva: A trick my brother used to use on me, spit a little on your finger, gently dab it on the bite, and let air-dry.
*Leonardo Dicaprio spit is the best, though I heard its hard to come by...
Slapping: It may seem a little odd, but you can confuse your nerves by slapping the area with your hands, and your brain won't be able to discern between itch and pain.
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When I was younger at summer camp I would put nail polish over my bites to make it stop itching. It was probably so bad for me but it worked!
@allischaaff Hope they help! And I agree @Nisfit, I might not use that method until I'm really desperate.
What? This is exactly what I need! I think I'll pass on the slapping though...
You know I'm trying every single one of these! Mosquito bites are the worst. It's barely beach season and already I have three :(
Ya I'm having the same issues over here in Texas. we'll at least we're no longer in a drought. 😄
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