How to Prevent Infection From a Mosquito Bite

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Mosquito bites are a common nuisance and they itch; but if you scratch them and break the skin, it is possible for the bites to become infected. This article provides some tips and steps you can take to prevent and treat infection from mosquito bites.

Instructions

    • 1

      Clean the bite area with soap and water to remove dirt and germs.

    • 2

      Avoid scratching the bite. Breaking the surface of the skin lets germs in and makes infection more likely.

    • 3

      Try using a hydrocortisone cream or even an oral antihistamine if you need something to help stop the itch so you will not be tempted to scratch.

    • 4

      Make sure that your fingernails are trimmed if you can’t help scratching. This will help you avoid breaking the skin.

    • 5

      Wash any infected areas regularly with soap and water and apply hot compresses to help heal the infection. Hydrogen peroxide solutions can help fight infections too.