Mosquito bites on the eye can be irritating for a person. The skin around the eyelid is very sensitive and easily swells after a mosquito bite. There is difficulty in opening or closing the eyes and makes it difficult to sleep. Babies are more susceptible to mosquito bites in the eyelid and they cannot bear the itchiness, burning and pain due to mosquito bites.
Mosquito bites can cause buildup of fluids that result to severe itching and there is a tendency to rub the eyes to get rid of the itching sensation but it can result to inflammation of the affected area.
Treatment for a mosquito bite
- Wash the affected area using soap and water to remove saliva that remains in the skin and heal the bitten area without causing infections.
- Splash cold water on the face to remove the sting of the mosquito bite.
- Apply an ice pack on the bitten area for at least 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times every day to lessen the pain and the swelling. It helps in fluid secretion and prevent buildup of fluid around the area of the eyelid. Avoid ice directly on the skin, wrap ice using a towel or a cloth to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
- Apply prescribed over-the-counter medication for insect bites.
- Add a few drops of warm water on baking soda, mix them well until it becomes a paste and then apply it on the affected eyelids to lessen the inflammation and the swelling.
- Dissolve Epsom salt in water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then apply it on the affected eyelid to lessen the inflammation and the swelling and the pain caused by the mosquito bite.
- Crush an aspirin and then mix it with a few drops of water. Mix them well until it becomes a paste and then apply it on the affected area to lessen the pain.
- Provide the given over-the-counter pain medication to reduce the pain.
- Apply dry herbal soap on the affected eyelid to lessen the swelling of the area. Avoid using wet soap to prevent getting it inside the eyes and worsen the condition.
- Avoid picking or scratching at the mosquito bite to prevent further irritation and result to scarring or scabbing.
- Mosquito bites can spread diseases such as malaria and west Nile virus. This condition is characterized by headache, fever, pains, body aches and swelling glands which needs to be treated immediately.
- Wear mosquito repellent when going outdoors especially when camping. Use repellents that contains 30%-50% DEET or N.N-diethyl-m-toluamide which are good for adults and children over 2 months of age. This repellent is effective for several hours. Repellents with lesser amounts of DEET should be applied several times every day.
- Wear a loose, a long-sleeved shirts and long pants when going outdoors.
- Put mosquito net over the bed when sleeping. Avoid touching the sides of the net when sleeping to prevent mosquito bites.