There are many different remedies to care for the itching, swelling and redness of mosquito bites. These remedies are also called 'post-connection' funds. Which remedy to choose depends on two things in particular:
- Preferences (whether you prefer sprays, creams or sticks)
- Price (how much you are willing to pay)
In this article you will find a comparison of mosquito bite repellents on the Danish market. You can also read about mosquito repellents to keep mosquitoes at a distance (the so-called repellents) in our articles on mosquito repellents, mosquito sprays and B vitamins against mosquitoes.
Mosquito bite care products
Autan Cooling Insect ★★★★★
Autan Cooling Insect is a spray that has a cooling, soothing and softening effect on the skin after bites from mosquitoes and other insects. The spray can also be used against skin irritation from jellyfish and stinging nettles.
It is sprayed directly onto the mosquito bite and can be used up to 3-4 times a day if the discomfort does not subside after the first few applications. Autan Cooling Insect is the most effective of the post-sting products on this page and has therefore received the highest rating.
Plug A' After plug Pin ★★★☆☆ Stik A' Afterstik Stick is an antipruritic after bites and stings from insects such as mosquitoes, and provides limited relief from swelling and redness.
The Stik A' Afterstik Stift is less effective than all the products above and has therefore been given a lower score.
About the ratings
The care products above are rated according to the following criteria:
- Efficiency and effectiveness (i.e. relief of itching, swelling, redness and pain): 90%
- Price (how much the product costs compared to the other products): 8%
- Scent (pleasant or unpleasant scent): 2%
The percentages in the list above indicate the weight of each parameter in the rating (e.g. efficiency is much more important than price and scent).
In cases where you are very bothered by mosquito bites, you can use antihistamine cream, which is available over the counter at the pharmacy (but you should talk to your doctor first). Antihistamines counteract the histamines that the body produces when bitten by a mosquito (the ones that cause the itchiness of mosquito bites).
If large swellings occur with mosquito bites, they can be treated with adrenal cortex hormone. However, this requires prior medical supervision.
There are a number of precautions that should be taken when using the products above:
- Children'sMost of the products above should not be used on children under 2-3 years of age.
- Skin damage: None of the products should be used on damaged skin such as wounds, cuts, scrapes, etc.
- Face: None of the products should come into contact with the eyes or mouth, and care should also be taken when using near the nostrils.
Precautions may vary slightly from product to product, so always read the packaging carefully before use.
13 natural remedies for mosquito bites
While the treatments above are usually the most effective, there are also several natural remedies that may help with mosquito bites. However, keep in mind that many of these natural solutions are based on old folk remedies and should be taken with a grain of salt:
- Aloe Vera (available in different shapes)
- Tea tree oil (drip in a bit of cotton wool or similar)
- Cold cover (or ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel)
- Tea bags (tea bags that have been steeped in boiling water)
- Baking soda (add a few drops of water to a bit of baking soda)
- Apple cider vinegar (drip in a bit of cotton wool or similar)
- Honey (honey also has antibacterial properties)
- Fresh basil (rub a leaf against the mosquito bite)
- Onion (place a slice of onion with the cut side down towards the connector)
- Lemon (the juice is said to be especially effective against itching)
- Toothpaste (smear a little toothpaste on the mosquito bite)
- Dry hand soap (rub a bar of hand soap against the plug)
- Salt (mix a little water with fine salt and stir into a thick paste)
Unless otherwise stated, all of the above products should be applied directly to the mosquito bites.