Treating mozzie bites
The classic “mozzie bite” is an itching, inflamed lump on the skin is an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the mosquito during blood feeding. The severity of the reaction varies a lot between people, but your susceptibility to mosquito borne diseases like Ross River Virus, bears no relationship to the bite reaction.
If you are bitten the following treatments can help reduce the discomfort
- Clean and dry the bite with warm soapy water and a clean cloth
- Apply a cool compress (i.e. icepack wrapped in cloth)
- The application of a medication lotion (e.g. anti-inflammatory, anti-puritic) or soothing substance (e.g. aloe vera) may reduce itchiness and the use of an antiseptic cream will prevent secondary infection. If secondary infection occurs, antibiotics may be required but consult a medical professional for specific advice.
- Severe reactions may need to be treated with topical or oral antihistamines but consult a medical professional for specific advice on the most suitable medication.
- Many home remedies exist for the treatment of mosquito bites. The application of a paste comprised of a mixture of baking/bi carb soda and water is thought to offer some relief from itching but there are no scientific studies to support this treatment.