How to Get Rid of the Swelling of a Mosquito Bite

Updated February 21, 2017

Mosquitoes attack regularly during the warmer months of the year, leaving you with red, itchy bites. To prevent the mosquitoes from gathering around your lawn, burn citronella candles or mist yourself and guests with mosquito repellent. When a bite does occur, you can reduce the swelling with an easy home remedy.

Rub an ice cube over the mosquito bite, and repeat in 20-minute intervals as needed to relieve the swelling. Rest for 10 minutes between the 20-minute intervals to give the skin a break from the cold temperature.

Rub a dollop of mint toothpaste into the mosquito bite. The mint will sooth the itch and swelling while the paste dries out the bite, also assisting in relief.

Let the toothpaste on overnight or as needed until swelling reduces, then wipe it off with a cold, damp rag.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Mint toothpaste
  • Cleaning rag
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