Other insects might bite, but why do mosquito bites itch so much? Is there nothing we can do to stop the mosquito bite from itching? Here's a quick and simple answer, including the most effective way to get rid of that insect itch.
Mosquitos have been designed to bite you very quickly, often without you even noticing they have been on your skin. When a mosquito bites you with their needle-shaped nose, they are looking to take your blood. While taking your blood, they are also leaving their saliva behind. This saliva causes our body to produce a histamine response. Histamine is a neuro-transmitter, a chemical your body will produce to defend itself against an allergic reaction. So when the mosquito bites, your body will release more histamine in that area of the bite. This histamine can make your skin red, itchy and sometimes swollen or bumpy.
HOW DO YOU STOP AN INSECT BITE FROM ITCHING?
Well, the best way to prevent an insect bite is not to get bitten in the first place. Put on some decent insect repellent. The most effective mosquito repellent contains DEET - it's by far the most recognized and effective insect repellent. Much better than those so-called natural repellents. Read the instructions thoroughly though, especially the instructions for kids and babies.
There are anti-histamine creams, lotions, gels and oral tablets you can take. As with all medical treatments, there are side effects, so make sure you read the packet thoroughly and seek a doctor's opinion if necessary.
An ice-cube or ice pack on the swollen area will help a lot. I know it's hard, but try your best not to scratch it any more as it will only feel worse and you might even create a scrab and/or risk infection.
There is a surprisingly effective gadget called The Itch Stopperwhich is a small white plastic device. You simply press the blue part of the device on the itchy area and some how the itchiness just goes away. You don't need any creams, powders or any other lotions. And it's FDA approved for children above the age of one. The effects last up to 24 hours. It's great to use if you just can't bear the itching skin any more. Good for all kinds of itchy insect bites including ant and mosquito bites.
Some people build up a resistence to mosquito bites. They have gradually become immune to the mosquito saliva. That helps to explain why adults suffer less from mosquito bites than children. This immunity might wear off - if you haven't been bitten by a mosquito in a while, and then you get a bite, your skin might go back to being itchy again.
IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR INSECT BITES AND STINGS
It's not common, but there can be a severe allergic reaction to insect bites known as anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock happens in minutes - sufferers experience a sudden drop in blood pressure and difficulty breathing as their airways swell up. They might start to wheeze, gasp for air and show anxiety. Eyes, face, lips or tongue might swell up with red, blotchiness of the skin. Call an ambulance and try to keep the casualty calm and seated until help comes. Ask the sufferer if they have an epinephrine syringe with them - this is a shot of adrenaline.