Insect bites and stings can cause no end of frustration and keep you awake all hours of the night. The best solution to the problem is to keep a bottle of Fixaderm on hand in the medicine cabinet. A few drops of Fixaderm massaged into the site of the sting or bite normally brings almost instant relief. Wasp stings and some ant stings take a few minutes to relieve. If you don’t have Fixaderm handy, then browse through the list below to find something that might put your mind and your irritation at ease. The good news is that there are wealth of helpful things already in your kitchen that can be used to speed the recovery process and keep you comfortable.
Ice is a classic treatment for many ailments. Applying a cube to a fresh bite or sting will constrict blood vessels and decrease the body’s natural histamine reaction. The cold helps control swelling, itching and pain. Keep a cloth between the skin and the ice and apply for 15-20 minutes once an hour for up to 6 hours.
Topical food relief
Many foods have medicinal properties and can ease different symptoms of insect bites and stings. Honey is an anti-inflammatory, and the stickiness makes scratching less tempting. Skim milk and water mixed in equal parts and dabbed on with a light cloth will soothe. Papaya contains enzymes that neutralise insect venom; use it by applying a slice to the site of the bite or sting for one hour. Lemon or lime juice offers plenty of antibacterial itch relief. Stay indoors after application as the sun could burn the skin and make the irritation worse.
Toothpaste usually contains menthol to give it that fresh minty taste, and when applied to the skin it creates a cooling sensation that overrides the itch. Fresh basil contains a similar ingredient, camphor, and a few crushed leaves applied to the bites can induce the same cooling effect.
Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, will relieve redness and swelling. It can be applied on individual spots by soaking a cotton ball and taping it on for a few minutes. If you are covered in bites put 2 or 3 cups in a warm bath and soak as necessary.
Fixaderm for natural relief
As noted above, Fixaderm by Necessity is a natural treatment that can bring relief from the itching and pain of insect bites and stings. It can promote rapid healing and is great for helping with many other skin conditions including sunburn, rashes, dermatitis, sun damage and so much more. With 600 drops in one bottle, you will wonder what you ever did without it.
Most bites and stings will heal on their own without needing a visit to the doctor, but there are a few exceptions. If you are bitten by a spider, try to remember what it looked like and have a doctor check it right away. Any feeling of difficulty breathing, swelling around the mouth or throat, feeling faint, a rapid pulse and/or hives can be a sign of an allergic reaction. If this occurs, seek emergency attention immediately.