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For some people, insect bites can be very annoying. In the majority of cases – as with mosquito bites for example – this is because your body releases histamine. This is a natural reaction to defend the body from a foreign element, like the saliva injected by mosquitoes to prevent clotting and allow them to suck our blood better. Some people’s bodies release more histamine than others, and your reaction to an insect bite may vary from one moment to another. A handy tip to bear in mind: on top of all the benefits offered by aloe vera for mosquito and other insect bites, this plant will also keep the majority of insects at bay, as it neutralises body odour.
What can you do to treat an insect bite?
As long as you aren’t allergic to mosquito bites (in which case you should consult a professional who can recommend an anti-histamine), treatment is very simple. These tips can even be used to soothe the symptoms of allergies! Remember that all mosquito bites generate an allergic reaction, even in people without any specific conditions. It all depends on the levels of histamine produced and the use of treatments such as those listed below.
Avoid scratching the bite
Nails stimulate the nerve endings responsible for itching, which will only make you itch more. Or, even worse, the area could become infected.
Disinfect the bite
All you need to do is wash the area with water and soap to avoid any possible infections. We don’t recommend using disinfectants like alcohol or oxygenated water, as these only weaken your natural defences and prevent tissue regeneration.
Apply a cold compress
Simply by applying a cold, damp cloth, you can reduce inflammation and avoid pain. You can also use an ice pack or a cold bottle ... Whatever you have to hand! Just remember that it is best to avoid placing ice in direct contact with your skin. And when it comes to jellyfish stings, you’ll also want to avoid having any water come into contact with the wound. In general, you should avoid applying any cold treatment for too long, as this can weaken the skin.
Apply aloe vera gel
Instead, you can apply aloe-vera gel, which offers antiseptic properties without weakening your natural defences or tissues. The best way to use aloe-vera gel for bites is in its purest form, which you can buy from our website. Apply a small quantity of gel several times a day, until the bite improves. You can also use it on children and animals, at no risk to their health.
Since ancient times, our ancestors have recognised the healing power of placing an aloe-vera leaf, cut horizontally, on insect bites and stings. Luckily, today we can purchase this same gel from the original plant in a handy package, allowing you to easily take it with you wherever you go.
What’s more, the product is non-greasy and won’t cause any side effects.
Aloe vera is not only great for mosquito bites, it can also be used on bites from other insects. This plant will soothe flea bites, bee and wasp stings or jellyfish stings ... And even the effects of plants that cause allergic reactions, like poison ivy!
Make the most of your sleep
As it can be irritating having to apply aloe vera during the day (particularly on visible areas such as the face), don’t forget to apply aloe vera on bites before going to bed. If necessary, cover the bite with a plaster to avoid getting this gel on your bedsheets.
What to do if your symptoms worsen
If you or the person who has been bitten by an insect experience difficulty breathing, an accelerated pulse, disorientation or abnormal inflammation, you should immediately notify a doctor and call 999. This could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction, similar to that experienced by many people after a wasp sting.
What makes aloe vera so good for bites?
The active compound in aloe vera – aloin – is what makes this gel great for treating insect bites. Let’s take a look at the properties that make aloe vera so great for bug bites.
It wards off insects
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, aloe vera neutralises body odour to keep any insects who may be attracted by your natural scent – such as mosquitoes – at bay. At the same time, it can also help you feel more comfortable outside when the weather is warm.
It soothes the pain and itch
Aloe vera gel is great for the symptoms of jellyfish stings and mosquito bites. You’ll quickly see how it alleviates the pain of jellyfish stings and soothes the itch of mosquito bites. What’s more, it leaves a pleasant, refreshing sensation on the skin.
It is antiseptic
Scratching often causes infection, as any contact with the wound will open the bite up. To avoid this, we recommend applying aloe vera immediately after the bite and over the course of the following days, until the wound has completely healed ... As an added bonus, you’ll notice that this treatment also speeds up healing.
It is anti-inflammatory
Thanks to aloe vera, you’ll be able to avoid both inflammation and redness around the bite. We also recommend that you continue to apply the gel 2-3 times a day until the wound disappears, to avoid this becoming inflamed at any point. You’ll hardly even notice that you’ve been bitten!
It heals the skin
An article published in Indian Journal of Dermatology demonstrated the anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties of this gel, alongside the host of other benefits we’ve already noted.
So don’t forget to take your pack of aloe vera gel with you wherever you go to treat any mosquito bites. What’s more, this gel can be used for a range of applications, as it is also great for regenerating skin exposed to the sun, avoiding the symptoms of sunburn, and even calms the symptoms of allergies to plants such as poison ivy, while keeping the skin hydrated at all times. So simple and natural, and yet so effective!