Recommended over-the-counter brands of insect itch and sting relief brands, as well as recommended home remedies.
The insect bites and stings of summer are hard to avoid, but you do not have to suffer long. Many brands of over-the-counter creams and antihistamines are available for immediate itch relief. There are also numerous home remedies which work as well as the commercial brands, are often less expensive, and safer.
After Bite Fast Relief Itch Eraser (around $4.00) has been a highly popular and effective commercial brand for many years. It stops both the itching and swelling that occurs after an insect bite. This will help prevent you or your child from repeatedly scratching the bite, thereby preventing bacterial infection.
This topical cream’s active ingredient is sodium bicarbonate. It also contains Tea Tree oil, which is a proven bacteria fighter, and soothing Aloe Vera. This is a soothing fact-acting itch reliever ideal for use on upset children.
The makers of After Bite claim their product is safe to use on a child over the age of two. Be sure to read the package for details before purchasing.
Sting Eze Quick Insect Bite Relief (around $4.50) is a topical ointment that contains Benzocaine and Phenol. The makers claim their product is effective against any insect bite out there, from mosquitoes to fire ants. Sting Eze is safe to use on children over the age of two, but keep this product out of the kids’ hands. Its ingredients are poisonous.
Swab Plus Pre-Filled Swabs for Insect Bite Relief (around $7.00) contains thirty-six individual swabs you pop open and then wipe the effected area. This is great for when you and your family are traveling or at the beach. The active ingredients are Benzocaine and Aloe Vera.
If you prefer natural answers to insect itch and sting relief, there are many home remedies you can use in a pinch that do the job as well as any commercial brand.
A simple solution to relieving the itch of a bite is to spread honey onto a clean cloth or bandage. Place an ice cube on top of the honey and then wrap or lay the cloth, honey side down, onto the bitten area. The honey soothes the itch while the ice acts as a numbing agent.
Another remedy for insect bites is a tablespoon of Lavender oil mixed with a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Lavender kills the itch and stops the bite from swelling. It also smells great and calms the nerves of the bite victim. Whatever you do, though, do not use Lavender oil around the eyes.