Use A Hot Spoon To Relieve Itchy Insect Bites

Tis the season for annoying insect bites, but a surprisingly simple remedy exists that can eliminate all of the itch within minutes.

All you have to do is heat up a metal spoon under hot tap water for a minute or so, then press it directly against the bite. Hold it tight against your skin for a couple of minutes, and when you take it off, the itch should be gone.

When mosquitoes bite you, they inject proteins under your skin to keep your blood from clotting. It's this protein that causes you to itch, but it can't survive at the moderately high temperatures a hot spoon can create. The bump might linger for a few days, but the uncomfortable itching should be gone for good!

LPT: Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction and the itching will stop. [Reddit]


    A couple of minutes? The temperature of the skin and spoon will probably equalize in about ten seconds. After that no more heat will flow from the spoon to the skin. Of course, the size of the spoon will delay the equalization but still, two minutes? More research is needed.

    umm, THANKS!

    Sometimes a hot spoon is not available.

    A solution for a mozzie bite is to lightly press your fingernail into the raised white welt in a cross or star shape. This manually disperses the protein and stops the itching.

    Only for mozzie bites though. Harsher bites like a sandfly need a disinfectant.

    I'll just stick to tea tree oil. Works better and you don't have to sit there with a hot spoon on your skin for 'minutes'.

    I find a very small amount of toothpaste applied to the bite always does the trick.

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