Key Tips To Prevent Bug Bites

Bug bites aren’t just little nuisances that cause itching and irritation. For those with very sensitive skin, they can be a real cause for concern as the bites can cause inflamed skin that grows into large welts, promotes itching, scarring, and even infections if you aren’t careful. Whether it is ticks, mosquitoes or bees, the presence of bugs and their proclivity to bite can be downright maddening sometimes. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, the best way to prevent these bites, and ward off any insect-related diseases that may come with them, is to follow very specific steps.

Use Insect Repellent

The first tip is to use insect repellent. While this may sound obvious, not all insect repellents are created equal. Make sure you get the kind that has DEET in it – at least 30 percent, preferably more. Spray your outer clothing as well as your exposed skin. This is a tip that some people don’t use. While spraying your skin may prevent bugs for a time, also spraying your clothes ensures that the scent will stay put for hours.

If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like the scent of DEET, understand that most lotions and perfumes that smell good actually have a way of attracting bugs to you. Only certain scents are considered repelling to them. Keep this in mind. Would you rather smell alluring or be covered in bug bites after returning from a hike or a camping trip? The choice is yours.

Select The Right Clothing

Be mindful of the clothing you wear. This is sometimes hard in the summer, when bugs are more plentiful, because the hot weather makes it difficult to cover up. When you are traveling in areas that are known for mosquitoes or bugs in general, make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves whenever possible. This helps to not only cover the surface area of your body that is susceptible to bug bites, but it also allows for more space to spray insect repellent on, which will help to compound the effect of the spray to begin with. It’s especially crucial to be mindful of what you wear at night.

Sleep In A Bed Net

Get a bed net. This is generally best for when you are traveling, especially in places and countries that are known for their pesky mosquitoes and creepy crawlers – and for insect carrying diseases, such as Zika. It’s important to pick a bed net that has mesh already treated with a pyrethroid insecticide.

If even, despite your best efforts, you still end up getting bit, understand that it does happen. The good thing though is that most bug bites can be safely and effectively treated at home. You can clean the bite with certain essential oils, such as clove and tea tree, which have natural antibacterial properties. What’s great about cleaning bites or stings with these essential oils is that they also help to eliminate the need to itch. This can be one of the most annoying and troublesome aspects of being bit. Needing to scratch the bite can make it worse than if you clean it and allow it to heal on its own.

More Kitchen Cures

 

Onion
Many ancient cultures believed in the healing and preventative powers of onions. Even ancient Greek athletes used them prior to competing. Over the years, a number of these age old theories have been put to the test, and more often than not they’re proven true. The sulfur compounds in onions can reduce the symptoms of diabetes, and they’re loaded with quercetin too, which prevents inflammation and helps prevent a number of different cancers.

 

Cayenne Pepper
Used for anything from pain relief to aphrodisiacs, cayenne peppers have been a staple of the “new world” since Columbus brought them here. These peppers get their heat from capsaicin, and that’s also where the pain relief aspect comes in. Studies have shown that it reduces the chemical reaction that sends pain messages to and from the brain.

 

Plantain
Not to be confused with the banana-esque tropical fruit of the same name, this plantain dates back to the 12th century as a poultice for everything from insect bites to wounds and burns. The plant has numerous antimicrobial properties that can help heal the skin and sooth burns and bites. The seeds are also used as the fiber source in laxatives.

 

Parsley
Dating back to 1629 when it was recommended and prepared for the Queen of England, parsley root has been used for health of the urinary tract. This benefit can be accredited to its ability to increase urine output. For the best result, drink tea made with parsley three times a day, or eat parsley leaves regularly for long term benefits. The chlorophyll in parsley also makes it a good breath freshener.