I recently suffered from a very bad bite on my leg that got infected, causing painful swelling and making my leg hot to the touch. I went to the pharmacy seeking advice, and they recommended that I go to a doctor if I couldn’t start getting it to heal. However, I had very little at home for bites as I’ve never reacted to one before and rarely get bitten. So, I decided to look at what was out there and tried to find alternatives around the home. In this post, I’ll share some of the things I tried to treat my bite. Please note that this is not advice for bite treatment but rather a sharing of my experience and what I tried. Always seek medical advice if you’re unsure what to do in such situations.
Microcurrent facial device
When it comes to treating insect bites, a variety of treatment options are available, including electronic bite healer technology. Electronic bite healer technology typically uses heat and/or vibration to relieve itching and swelling caused by insect bites. Meanwhile, my Foreo Bear uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate the facial muscles and improve skin tone and texture. However, I recently read about microcurrent devices getting used to relieve pain and inflammation, so I figured this, plus the device can vibrate, may just work on a bite.
Electronic bite healer technology tends to be less expensive than microcurrent facial devices, so I wouldn’t advise grabbing one solely for bite treatment; however, if you are caught short, you may find it provides some temporary relief.
Another recommendation for bite swelling is applying ice. Since it has not been that warm here, I didn’t have any readily available, so I grabbed my ice roller from the fridge instead. I was actually impressed with this one as not only did I get instant relief, but the swelling was also reduced. Plus, I could just place my roller back in the fridge and use it again whenever I wanted.
Finally, I read that it is good to cover bites and give them a chance to heal, so I went ahead and popped on a spot patch. Acne spot patches are typically used to treat acne by absorbing excess oil and impurities from the skin, so I figured that they could also be used on insect bites to help absorb any fluids or toxins released by the bite, which can help to reduce swelling and redness.
After cleaning in the evening, I simply applied the patch directly over the bite and left it on overnight. I found that I didn’t wake up because the sheets were irritating it, and the swelling had reduced by the morning. So, I think it gave my bite time to heal well.
Overall, I have done pretty well at improvising for my bite treatment using beauty products. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used beauty products for alternative purposes.
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