Treat a Mosquito Bite Or Wasp Sting with Vinegar or Baking Soda

May 10, 2018

First are the love bugs, then the heat and humidity!  Summer is on its way and with summer we have are traditional foe to the backyard BBQ, the mosquito!  As much as we try to avoid the bite of the flying pest chances are you're gonna get bit or perhaps stung by a wasp, hornet or yellow jacket. Here is some advice on what to do when you are "kissed" by a biting or stinging insect to reduce the swelling and itching.  The first thing to do once the bug is gone is to wash the area thoroughly right away.  Simple rinse with soap and water (or water is no soap is available).  Next is to keep the swelling and itching at bay, so apply an ice pack in the inflamed area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. If you have a very inflamed spot, for example from a bee sting or a spider bite, you can take an anti-inflammatory medication right away, like ibuprofen. It helps reduce inflammation from the inside out. Believe it or not, a bug bite or sting along with itching can throw off your skin's pH balance and make it less effective in fighting off infection. So restore balance by wiping the wound with vinegar, which is a natural antiseptic and antifungal. The acidity counterintuitively helps to re-balance the pH of itchy skin which tends to get irritated and dry. Kick it up a notch with apple cider vinegar, which contains more enzymes than other types of vinegar, which can help heal the skin and speed along the process of re-balancing your skin’s pH balance. Baking soda combined with water can also have a calming effect on bug bites. It's hard to know if your skin is acidic or basic relative to its normal pH, but if a base, like baking soda calms your irritation, you were probably to acidic beforehand.  Add about two-and-a-half cups of vinegar or sprinkle in baking soda it to a hot bath and soak for 10 minutes to help reduce the urge to itch your bite or sting.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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