If you spend time outdoors, you may have experienced the annoyance of an itchy insect bite, perhaps from a mosquito or a chigger. Remedies are available to help ease the itch and pain caused by such bites.
A simple at-home remedy for an itch caused by an insect bite is the placement of an ice pack on the bite, according to Ohio State University Extension. Ice can help reduce swelling around the bite, and it helps to numb the area and reduce the itching.
Although scratching the itchy insect bite might provide instant relief, it can ultimately do more harm than good. According to Tim Gibb, a diagnostic entomologist at Purdue University, scratching the bite may cause it to become infected. This may slow down healing time, making that itchiness linger even longer. It may also cause bleeding and scabbing.
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