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10 Effective Ant Bite Treatments (Natural Home Remedies)

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10 Effective Ant Bite Treatments (Natural Home Remedies)

It can happen to anyone; you step outside for a walk and unintentionally step into an ant hill. The ant bites many not pose a serious health problem, at least for people who don’t suffer allergies for insect bites, but is can surely be very painful and uncomfortable.

First uncontrollable burning and then itching occurs before the area swells, sometimes even turning red. Thankfully, you don’t have to rush to the clinic for an antihistamine injection. You can use home remedies and treat the symptoms right from your home.

Here are top 10 home remedies for ant bites that you should keep in mind.

1. Lemon Juice

lemon juice

Lemon juice is one of the mostly used remedies to treat skin problems. And yes, it comes in handy when you want to treat the pain and itching as a result of ant bites. According to various studies, the acidic nature of the lemon juice neutralizes the poison that ants inject into your skin. Here’s what to do.

You will need...

  • 1 full lemon
  • A Clean piece of cloth
  • 1 Cup of cold water

Directions

Start with cleaning the affected area with cold water (this also helps minimize the itching), and then wipe it using a clean piece of cloth. Cut the lemon into half and squeeze the juice out, applying it directly over the affected area. You can use this remedy until you get some relief.

2. Clay

clay

It might sound a bit farfetched, but it’s true that clay contains great soothing and curing properties, making it a perfect home remedy for ant bites and other skin conditions. Here’s what to do.

You will need...

  • 1/2 cup of water of water
  • Garden clay

Directions

Take a handful of clay soil and add to the ½ cup of water until you get a fine mixture. Apply more clay to create a paste. Now apply this paste directly to the bitten area. In less than an hour you will get relief from pain and itching.

3. Cool the area with Ice Cubes

ice cubes

Ice cubes act as natural anti-histamine, helping nub the pain and the itching. It’s one of the quickest ways you can use to prevent the swelling. All you need to do is grab some ice cubes and apply them directly on the spot.

4. Use oatmeal bath

oatmeal

Oatmeal bath is basically a mixture of pulverized oatmeal and warm water. This remedy has been used for many years to cure skin irritations and itching. What happens is that it binds to your skin, moisturizing it. The result is a softer skin and less pain.

You will need...

  • 1/2 a bowl of pulverized oatmeal
  • 1 cup of Warm water

Directions

Add the warm water to the pulverized oatmeal, stirring the mixture using a spoon until you reach a good consistency. The result will be an oatmeal bath, which you should then apply directly to the area of irritation.

5. Aloe Vera Gel

aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera is well known for its anti-septic, soothing and anti-bacterial properties. It is recommended by dermatologists and physicians worldwide when it comes to treating a myriad of skin conditions. It can as well treat ant bites, speeding the healing process.

You will need...

  • A fresh Aloe Vera leaf
  • A bowl

Directions

Cut the fresh aloe Vera leaf and extract the gel into a bowl. Apply this gel directly to the affected area and leave it to dry before cleaning. Repeat this two or three times a day.

6. Press the area with moistened tea bags

Those tea bags you use for your breakfast can also come in handy to treat symptoms associated with ant bites. The tea contains tannic acid, which has been proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties.

What you need to do is moisten the tea bags with hot water and allow them to cool, and then press directly on the area of the bite. This prevents swelling, reducing the pain and itching drastically.

7. Apply some honey

honey

Honey is a great natural ingredient that you will find in many medical and beauty products. It is helpful in treating symptoms that come as a result of ant bites. It provides soothing benefits, reducing itching and swelling within a few hours.

All you need to do is apply some honey on the area and let it rest for about an hour before washing it off.

8. Baking powder

baking soda

Baking soda contains some components that neutralize the acid injected into your body by the ant bites. This helps soothe the skin, reducing the pain and itching. Here’s what to do:

You will need...

  • 1 spoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of Lukewarm water

Directions

Put the baking powder in a bowl and add the lukewarm water until you reach a fine paste. Apply this paste on the area of the bite, letting it dry on the skin. Wash it off after about 15 minutes. By this time the pain and itching will have subsided and the inflammation will be gone.

9. Place a slice of onion on the affected area

You might have heard that onions have medicinal values. Well, that’s true – contents found in onions contain anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that they can reduce pain and swelling. When it comes to an ant bite, simply cut a slice from an onion and place it over the bitten area.

10. Rub some salt on the skin

Yes, even salt can help you heal the ant bite symptoms. It helps keep away infections, preventing more swelling and itching on the skin.

Simply take some salt from the kitchen and make a paste with water, rubbing it on the affected area. Leave a coat to prevent more itching and swelling.

Conclusion

There many home remedies that could help you reduce itching, pain and swelling as a result of ant bites. However, I decided to go with these 10 remedies simply because they are readily available in every home. They have been proven to work, so you can try them whenever you get an ant bite. If you like the remedies go ahead and share this article so that more people can know how to relieve pain and swelling as a result of ant bites.

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