Mosquitoes have no compassion, and they certainly don’t care about age or blood type. Although swatting them away may seem effective, that’s only until the itching starts. If your senior loved one gets bit while enjoying the summer weather, open the cabinets and grab one of these home remedies brought to you by Centennial Home Care Assistance.
1. Tea Bags
Green tea or black tea, it doesn’t matter. The natural tannins from a cool tea bag will draw out toxins and ease the pain of the irritating sting. Press and hold a tea bag on the bite until the itching stops.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel acts quickly to soothe a burning itch, reduce the swelling and throbbing sensation, and even help heal the mosquito bite. Simply snap a stem to extract the gel, and rub it on the puncture.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has antiseptic properties that prevent infection and is also known to cool the skin and stop irritation. Just dab a little witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply it to the bite and surrounding area.
Ice is another effective remedy for alleviating mosquito bites. The cold temperature of the ice will tighten the blood vessels and stop that awful prickly feeling. Place an ice cube in a towel and hold it on the bump for 10 to 20 minutes.
Basil’s powerful leaves decrease inflammation and diminish the uncomfortable sensation of the bite. The strong smell of basil also helps repel mosquitoes. Crush a leaf and rub it on the affected area for relief.
Mosquitoes are just one of several summer health and safety hazards that can affect seniors. Running errands, cooking meals, and staying cool can also be challenging during the hottest months of the year. To ensure your loved one has the support he or she needs to remain safe and enjoy the summer season, turn to Home Care Assistance of Centennial, a leading provider of live-in and hourly care in Centennial, CO. Call a Care Manager at (303) 957-3100 to learn more about our flexible care services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.