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No-See-Um Bite Treatments

Bug Facts No-See-Ums

Treating No-See-Ums Bites

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.

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If you happen to be bitten by no-see-ums, here is some practical advice that you can follow to help reduce the redness and swelling.

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 an Anti-itch Cream

Using anti-itch creams is a good method, as antihistamines work by inhibiting inflammatory responses to the irritation and itchiness no-see-um bites can cause.



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