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How to stop a mosquito bite from itching: Apply this to affected area for immediate relief

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HOW TO stop a mosquito bite from itching: As bugs, bees and insects come out of hibernation for the summer and Britons wear less to stay cool in the heat, the chance of being bitten increases. Mosquito bites can be difficult to avoid, so what’s the best way to treat one to avoid the itchiness that follows?

Mosquitos exist all over the country in the UK, and because they thrive in warm weather they can become a nuisance during the summer time.

They’re not always easy to see, which makes preventing a bite difficult. You’ll usually notice the presence of one when symptoms of the bite erupt.

Common symptoms of mosquito bites include soft bumps on the skin that may become pink, red, and very itchy.

It should be noted these symptoms may occur up to 48 hours after the initial insect bite.

Sometimes, a more severe allergic reaction can include a large area of itching, lesions or bruises near the site of the insect bite.

Itching can be one of the most difficult symptoms of a mosquito bite to deal with, so what’s the best way to get instant relief?

The NHS recommends some easy ways of relieving symptoms of an insect bite or sting, including mosquitos.

If you have a swelling, try regularly applying a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area, or ask your pharmacist about treatments such as antihistamine tablets.

For itching, ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments, including crotamiton cream or lotion, hydrocortisone cream or ointment and antihistamine tablets.

For pain or discomfort, take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (children under 16 years of age shouldn’t be given aspirin).

A common problem people have to content with on holiday in locations all over the globe is mosquito bites.

But Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Patient, says taking vitamin B12 before you travel can help prevent them.

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA.

Dr Thornber said this is worth taking a few weeks before you travel overseas.

He added: “There is some research to indicate that taking vitamin B complex tablets a few weeks before you away, can help prevent mosquito bites.”

Generally they are found near to cattle, horse stables, ponds, pools woodlands and grass area.

The females are the ones that bite as they need to produce eggs. They do this by slicing open skin and release an anti-coagulant to stop the blood from clotting.

Like mosquito bites they can be painful and itchy. Insect repellent doesn’t always work on horseflies, so the best way to stop yourself from being bitten is covering up and keeping windows closed.

Doctors will usually recommend using an over-the-counter steroid cream containing hydrocortisone.

Ibuprofen gel can also help ease an y pain and swelling, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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