What do you do if you’ve been bitten by a bug and can’t find a cream that your sensitive skin can tolerate? Can you treat it naturally?
- Rinse well with cold water and a soap-free wash
- Use a cold compress: ice cubes/ice packs or an unopened bag of frozen peas.
- Take an antihistamine tablet
- Use a natural antimicrobial essential oil, such as tea tree or lavender, to reduce the risk of a scratched bite getting infected
- If it’s painful, take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibruprofen
- Calamine lotion or a paste of baking soda can both be helpful in relieving the itch
Balmonds Tea Tree Balm is a great salve for minor insect bites. This little balm in a handy, eco-friendly aluminium tin is 100% natural and rich in antimicrobial tea tree essential oil; the beeswax forms a protective barrier over itchy skin while the tea tree gets to work.
Please consult a doctor if:
- you’ve been bitten by a tick
- you develop signs of an allergic reaction to a bite or sting (hives, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, panic or dizziness)
- the bite is infected and you develop a temperature
This article is not written by medical professionals, it is based on opinion and publicly available information. For medical advice please contact your healthcare professional.