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Summertime is a season of sunshine, outdoor adventures, and unfortunately, bug bites. As much as we love spending time outside, those pesky bugs can leave us with itchy, red bumps that can put a damper on our summer fun. This has come to the forefront again after spending a hot and humid 4th of July outside. I am certain many are experiencing the same itching as myself. There are some effective home remedies that can help alleviate the discomfort caused by bug bites. Let us look at some remedies that just may help you.

  1. Freeze it out: One common remedy is applying a cold compress to the affected area. Simply take a clean cloth or towel, dampen it with cold water/ice, and gently press it onto the bug bite. The cold temperature can help reduce inflammation and numb the area, providing relief from itching and swelling. You can also use ice wrapped in a thin cloth for a colder compress. Remember to limit the application to about 15 minutes at a time to avoid skin damage.
  1. Aloe Vera, not just for burns: Another popular remedy is using aloe vera gel. Aloe vera has soothing properties that can calm the skin and reduce itchiness. You can either use fresh aloe vera gel extracted from the plant or opt for store-bought gel. If you have an aloe plant, you can take a cutting and split the plant to get access to the aloe. Any extra can be put in the refrigerator and used later. Apply a small amount of gel directly to the bug bite and gently massage it into the skin. Not only will it help relieve the discomfort, but it can also promote healing and prevent infection. Follow it up with a cold compress for extra relief.
  1. Essential Oils: Tea tree oil and lavender oil are known for their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making them effective in treating bug bites. Dilute a few drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball. Be cautious with essential oils, as some individuals may have sensitivities or allergies. It is always a good idea to do a patch test on a small area of skin before applying.
  1. Baking Soda: Baking soda made into a paste can be a great option. Mix a small amount (1 TBSP) of baking soda with water to create a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the bug bite and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off. Baking soda can help reduce itching and inflammation due to its alkaline properties.
  1. Store bought relief: Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can provide relief from bug bite symptoms. These creams contain a low dose of corticosteroids, which help reduce inflammation and itchiness.

It is important to prevent bug bites in the first place. When spending time outdoors, especially in grassy or wooded areas, consider wearing long sleeves, pants, and socks to minimize exposed skin. Applying insect repellent that contains DEET or other effective ingredients can also be highly beneficial. You may still find yourself itching after spending time outside, but a little prevention should limit the number of bites with which you are suffering. So, the next time you find yourself dealing with bug bites, give these home remedies a try. There are plenty of options to help soothe the discomfort. Enjoy your summer and keep the bugs away.

— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.



















































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