No-See-Ums Bites: Natural Treatment Methods
No-see-ums are tiny flies, whose miniature size makes them very difficult to spot. Females are known for their bloodsucking habits as they need protein in order to produce eggs.
If you happen to be bitten by no-see-ums, here are some natural treatment methods you can follow to help reduce the redness and swelling. Or head over to our No-See-Um Prevention blog for types and strategies on how to keep these tiny insects at bay.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can provide a feeling of relief from the itching and swelling caused by the bite of a no-see-um. Some useful essential oils that you can use are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus. Use only pure, therapeutic-grade oils, and don’t put them undiluted directly on your skin. Be sure to mix a few drops with carrier oils like jojoba or sweet almond, or aloe vera gel to avoid further irritating the skin. (Check out a helpful dilution chart and general common-sense safety tips here.) Consult with your doctor if irritation occurs.
Take a Cold Shower
Taking a cold shower can help with the itchy sensation left by the biting.
Apply Rubbing Alcohol to the Bites
Using rubbing alcohol can help treat no-see-um bites as the alcohol dries cool. This sensation can help reduce the itching and disinfects the area. Do not use too much rubbing alcohol as it can further irritate the skin.
If you have a stick of antiperspirant lying around, this may be another tool in stopping the no-see-um bites from itching. Apply it to the bites, and the aluminum chloride in the product will help remove toxins and moisture from the bites. Be sure to check labels to determine whether your antiperspirant uses aluminum chloride as an active ingredient before applying.
Mixing Baking Soda With Water To Make a Paste
Making a baking soda paste with warm water is a perfect home remedy for no-see-um bites. Gently apply the homemade cream over the affected areas to help any inflamed areas of skin and reduce itching.
Take The Itch Out with an Antihistamine
Worst-case scenario, you can either apply a topical or take an over-the-counter oral antihistamine to help your body fight off the itching sensation. Antihistamines should help, but please proceed with caution if you have not taken one before, and consult your doctor if you have underlying conditions or concerns about taking any new medicines.