There is nothing more frustrating than trying to enjoy a cookout or an outdoor activity and having to swat at mosquitoes every minute. Even with protective clothing, bug spray and mosquito nets, they still seem to sneak through it all and get you.

It is important for you to protect yourself with protective clothing, bug spray and nets, however they are not bulletproof against mosquitoes and it is possible for you to still get bit. If you do happen to get a bite and are suffering from the discomfort of itching and swelling, here are a few treatments you can try:

  • Use a cold compress to help reduce the swelling
  • Apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion
  • If you develop hives from the bite, apply an antihistamine such as Benadryl
  • Avoid itching ? this can cause the skin to break, allowing for infection to grow

Not only can mosquitoes cause irritating bites, but they are also the number one carried of deadly diseases. By applying the proper amount of bug spray and wearing the protective clothing, you are reducing your risk of getting a bite, and getting sick.