Insect bites are an inevitable part of being outdoors. But instead of letting them deter you, have these remedies on hand for when the bugs strike:
- Baking soda. Some over-the-counter preparations contain sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, which has been shown to relieve itching in some skin conditions.
- Essential oils. Essential oils, such as those made with thyme, peppermint, and tea tree oil, can be used to relieve acute itching, and may have insect repellant effects as well.
- At-home relief. Colloidal oatmeal baths can relieve acute itching from a variety of causes.
In addition, for people who have frequent allergic reactions, regular use of extracts from German chamomile and a flavonoid called quercetin may be helpful. Of course, if you know you have an allergy to any insect or think you might, check with a healthcare practitioner first.