How to keep mosquitoes away?

Though mosquitoes are small and tiny creatures, they can make our lives miserable. Mosquitoes and other insect bites can be an issue in patients with lymphedema.

When an insect bites, it injects a toxin in to the skin that causes the resulting itching. The reaction in lymphedema-affected tissues to insect bites can be potentially be severe. In response to the bite, there may be a temporary increase in the swelling of the affected limb. Also, it will take lymphedema tissues longer than normal tissues to clear this substance from the area.


– If you have multiple bites on an affected limb, please seek medical advice!

– Don’t scratch! A cool wet cloth or ice pack wrapped in paper towel will ease the itching and swelling.

– As long as there is no infection present, it should be safe to perform self-lymphatic drainage with a flat hand. Massage the area above the sting towards the trunk.

  • An insect bite is a break in the skin and should be treated as such: make sure you keep an eye for signs of infection.

How to repel mosquitoes naturally?

The market is flooded with several chemical-laden mosquito repellents.

You will find below home remedies that are not only effective in getting rid of mosquitoes, but are also eco-friendly. Try them out!

  • There are a few essential oils that humans love and mosquitoes hate! Lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil, cinnamon and citronella to name a few. Mix a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle full of water and spray your body. To keep mosquitoes out of your home, add a drop of lavender or other essential oil to a ribbon and place around open windows. You can also grow lavender in your backyard.
  • Eat garlic daily to avoid mosquito bites. You can also rub a garlic clove directly on your skin but that might repel more than mosquitoes… 🙂
  • Burn sage in the campfire if you’re camping!
  • Eat your mosquito repellent! Mozi-Q is an chewable homeopathic supplement that acts within 30 minutes of ingestion against mosquitoes, ticks and black flies. It is by definition non-toxic and there are no interactions with medications or other treatments. More information

Enjoy the summer months outside!

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