How do I stop the itch from a fly bite?

A tiny little bug bite can cause a great deal of discomfort; once the itching starts, it just won't stop! Resisting the urge to scratch the bite is much easier said than done. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to alleviate this problem. Given below are a few simple remedies for itchiness caused by insect bites:

  • Ice: Place a few ice cubes or an icepack on the area that you can't stop scratching. The coldness causes that part to go numb, thereby reducing the itchy feeling. To maximize the effect of this remedy, apply the ice for at least 10 minutes. You should not feel itchy for an hour or more after that. You can apply ice on the bite 4 or 5 times during the day.
  • Aspirin: You don't need to pop a pill this time; instead, grind it into a powder, add a few drops of water, to prepare a fine paste. Apply this mixture on to the bite before you go to bed. You can let the aspirin stay on all night long. The anti-inflammatory properties present in the pill will help you heal faster.
  • Alcohol: Pour some rubbing alcohol or any liquid with high alcohol content on a small piece of cotton. Dab the itchy area with the moistened cotton. This not only relieves the itching, it also disinfects the bite.
  • Baking Soda: Take about two tablespoons of baking soda and add 1 tablespoon of water to it. Make a thick paste by mixing these two ingredients and apply it on to the bite. Leave it on till it dries and then rinse it off with cool water. This relieves the itching as well as the irritation.
  • Salt: Dissolve two tablespoons of regular table salt in the same amount of water. Moisten the affected part of skin before applying the saline water to the area. This may sting initially but will reduce the itchiness after about 15 minutes.

There are many other common remedies that have been known to relieve itchiness caused by fly bites. These include:

  • Ammonia
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Banana peels (pulpy side)
  • Honey
  • Lavender oil & Tea tree oil
  • Lemon slices
  • Soaked teabags
  • Toothpaste (white)
It is also a good idea to supplement these home remedies with over-the-counter topical creams such as calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream.

In case these remedies and over-the-counter products do not provide any relief even after several hours, do speak to a doctor about it.

answered by G M

Treatment for fly bite itch:

  1. Wash immediately  with cold water and soap .
  2. Apply gylcerine on the site of the bite.
  3. Just rub softly if there is an urge to scratch.

answered by D M K

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