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Hacks for Soothing Poison Ivy and Mosquito Bites

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When you're experiencing the unrelenting itch that comes from poison ivy and mosquito bites, it seems like nothing will help. But the burning sensation you're feeling can be tamed. All you need are the right products and ingredients. You don't always have the topical ointment that's used for these kinds of situations, so here are some natural remedies to help you in the meantime.

Banana Peel
After thoroughly washing the area with soap and water, pat it dry. Peel a banana and rub the inside of it on the affected area. It will help calm the itchy patch and provide you with some temporary relief. Plus, you won't be wasting anything - you'd discard the peel anyway. 

"Tame the itch with some ice."

Cold Packs
The burning sensation that you feel when you're itchy can be soothed with some ice. Use a cold pack that's large enough to cover the entire affected area, but be sure to keep it on for no longer than 20 minutes. You'll also want to add a layer of protection between your skin and the cold pack, so keep a towel handy.

Baking Soda
Search through your kitchen cabinets for some products that can provide you with instant relief. Baking soda has a number of uses, including calming itchy skin. Sprinkle some onto a cloth and apply it to the affected area. You can also add a cup of baking soda to a lukewarm bath to get relief that way as well.

Spread some oatmeal on your affected skin.Spread some oatmeal on your affected skin.

Spare some of your breakfast for the sake of your own comfort. Add water to your oatmeal and place it in the microwave. Remove it and spread it onto the affected area. Just be sure to let it cool slightly - you don't want to aggravate your sensitive skin with too much heat.

Rubbing Alcohol
Astringents like rubbing alcohol can help relieve your itchy skin. Pour some onto a towel and apply it to the affected area to calm it down instantly. Read and follow all product labels before applying to skin. Continuous use in large areas is not recommended. Instead, simply use it as a quick, temporary fix until you can get your hands on an over-the-counter anti-itch product.

Calamine Lotion
Dab on some calamine lotion. Doing so will diminish the itch and add a protective layer to keep you comfortable longer.