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Bug Bites are Beyond Annoying: Try These Home Remedies

There’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time outdoors during the warm summer months. Unfortunately, bugs have a way of spoiling your good time – and that’s especially true if they bite.

One bug bite is annoying enough. However, if you have several, it takes everything you have not to itch them.

On the plus side, there are many home remedies that can help with the itch and pain. Try the following:

•    Oatmeal: Yes, this is the same oatmeal you eat for breakfast. With ingredients known for its anti-irritant qualities, it may be just what you need to find relief. Apply it to your skin, leave it there for 10 minutes, and then wipe it clean.

•    Ice: Simply put, cold temperatures can reduce inflammation. And there’s no easier way to apply cooler temperatures than with ice. Fill a bag with crushed ice and apply it to your bite for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

•    Honey: It sounds messy, but it’s one of the best ways to relieve the itch and pain associated with bug bites. Honey has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It only takes a small drop to do big things.

Note: Lavender essential oil is also a great way to treat bug bites. Stock up on this so you have it ready should you need it!

The next time you’re struggling to deal with and heal a bug bite, try one or more of these home remedies. You’ll soon find something that brings you relief.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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