Tips for those nasty insect bites
The ultimate traveler’s guide for those times when insects attack…
You are enjoying your vacations in Riviera Maya and suddenly you hear a little buzzing, you just flip your hand to scare the insect away and really don’t give much attention to it, but then, you start feeling a little itchy and begin to scratch over and realize you are covered with red spots.
This is a very common situation among tourists while visiting Quintana Roo given they are not used to these little creatures, and mosquitoes are not the only ones, in the jungle of this state live many other insects. Besides mosquitoes you might have encounters with gnats, horseflies and flies all of these from the diptera order , from these species only females feed from blood to continue the life cycle and their saliva is what causes skin rash on humans.
Ants, bees and wasps belong to the same order, the Hymenoptera; these insects live under stones, on tree branches or any other hollow structure. Their sting is very irritating for humans as well as the mosquitoes and horseflies.
Some habits and actions can keep them off your skin; avoid wearing dark color clothes, body lotion, perfume, eating cheese and drinking beer and lack of hygiene.
Even if you are staying at the most luxurious resort, it is most likely you will encounter with many of these tiny creatures an even more so if you are going on a tour to a cenote o some place near the jungle, although this should not stop you from doing your activities. Nature created these being and also provides us with the remedies for their bites.
As soon as you notice the sting on your skin you can rub some aloe vera, its properties will help you soothe the irritation and reduce the swelling. This plant has many medicinal applications, it aid with insect bites, colds, acne, allergies, nausea, hypertension, among other ailments.
Onion can also help you calm itchiness, place a slice over the affected area and let it sit until the sting sensation is gone, after this rinse thoroughly. Garlic is another effective remedy, especially for bites of horseflies and ants. Rub a little garlic on the wound and although it might sting a little it will act really fast.
Another simple remedy is to make a thick paste of baking soda and few water drops, apply the mixture and you will notice how the discomfort vanishes in a few minutes. Honey is another fast natural remedy to aid insect bites and prevent infections from its antibacterial properties.
Vinegar is also an amazing treatment for these uncomfortable situation, dilute 2 ½ cups of vinegar in a hot bath. Even though is not completely natural, some people suggest using a little toothpaste over the bite and let it dry and then rinse off.
These were just some useful tips and information to have in hand on your next visit to a tropical destination.
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