While most bug bites and stings resolve on their own, they can be a source of infuriating scratching and associated inflammation. Most common results are swelling and redness in the bitten area but some stings may cause more serious reactions in individuals allergic to them.
To prevent aggravating the discomfort of bites and stings, there are a number of natural home readies that can be administered to prevent infection from the affected skin. To beat the itch, try these simple tricks to stay itch and inflammation free.
1. Ice pack
Cold temperatures have the ability to reduce inflammation and a single ice cube can constrict blood vessels and lower the body’s natural histamine levels. The cold also plays a part in numbing the skin that can yield instant, though short term relief.
To apply an ice pack, use a towel or washcloth placed between the ice and the skin to avoid direct contact with the skin. When used like this, the ice pack can be safely left in place for up to 20 minutes.