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Reasons Why Scratching a Mosquito Bite Make it Worse

Do you know that scratching a mosquito bite can make it worse? In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why scratching a mosquito bite make it worse. We will also provide some tips on how to stop yourself from scratching.

Does It Get Worse If You Scratch The Bite?

According to Medical News Today, scratching mosquito bites makes the itching worse.

Mosquito bites itch because of inflammation. At first, scratching may give an initial relief, but after that, scratching an already inflamed area increases inflammation. This makes the area even itchier. Scratching may also increase the risk of infection if it breaks the skin. If the area becomes infected, it will be much itchier and will take longer to heal.

Scratching worsens mosquito bites' itch. It's due to inflammation. Initial relief, but worsens inflammation.

What are the Tips on How to Stop Yourself From Scratching?

According to healthdirect, here are some tips on how itchy skin is treated and how to stop yourself from scratching:

How Is Itchy Skin Treated?

The treatment of itchy skin depends on what is causing it. Your doctor may need to take a laboratory test to diagnose the cause of itchy skin.

Treatment for itchy skin varies based on cause. Lab tests may be needed for diagnosis.

If You Have Itchy Skin, Here are Some Things That May Help:

  • Try not to scratch the area. The more you scratch, the more the skin will itch.
  • Keep your nails short to prevent breaking the skin if you do scratch.
  • A cool bath or shower may help provide short-term relief, but excessive showering or bathing may make it worse. Consequently, ice relieves itching from mosquito bites too.
  • After a bath or shower gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel. Do not rub or use the towel to scratch yourself.
  • Do not use any soaps, shower gels or foam bath products as they can dry the skin and make the itching worse. Use a soap-free wash.
  • Use moisturiser all over the skin at least 2 times a day, and more often if the skin feels dry. You can buy cooling moisturisers that contain menthol to soothe the itch.
  • Try to wear loose cotton clothing which can help prevent you from overheating and making the itch worse. Avoid fabrics which irritate your skin like wool or scratchy fabrics.
  • Reducing stress and considering meditation, yoga, hypnosis or exercise can be helpful.
  • Your pharmacist may be able to recommend some products which can help you with itchy skin.

Can Itchy Skin Be Prevented?

  • To prevent itchy skin, use moisturiser after a shower or bath, while your skin is still damp. Make sure you have quick showers and don’t have the water too hot.
  • Drinking lots of water to keep well hydrated and using a humidifier in dry weather can help.
  • You can also use a mild soap or a non-soap cleanser to prevent itchy skin.

Complications of Itchy Skin

It’s quite typical to discover that after scratching an itch, it persists/ gets itchier and you will be tempted to repeat scratching again which may cause broken skin and could lead you to be prone to different infections.

Additionally, lumps, blisters, bruises, scarring, or brown or pale marks on the skin may result from scratching.

Scratching an itch may worsen it, causing broken skin and infections. Lumps, blisters, bruises, scars, or marks may occur.

CPR First Aid Australia’s Available Courses

Learning the reasons why scratching a mosquito bite makes it worse will help you to do precautionary measures. Also, you might want to consider upskilling on first aid skills. CPR First Aid Australia is offering a variety of first aid courses according to your needs. You can choose your preferred courses below:

    • NRT LogoHLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 
    • NRT LogoHLTAID010 Provide an emergency first aid response  
    • NRT LogoHLTAID011 Provide first aid –  formerly known as Level 2 or Senior First Aid. 
    • NRT LogoHLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting
    • NRT LogoHLTAID014 Provide advanced first aid
    • NRT Logo22578VIC Course in First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
    • NRT Logo22556VIC Course in the Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace

Do You Need General First Aid Qualification?

We recommend that the NRT LogoHLTAID011 Provide first aid.

  • This also includes CPR qualification. The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recommends that this qualification is updated every 3 years.

Do You Need To Update CPR Qualification?

We recommend NRT LogoHLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  

  • The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recommends that this qualification is updated annually.

Do You Need First Aid Qualification To Work In The Childcare and Education Industry, that Includes Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training?

We recommend NRT LogoHLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting.

Are You Working With Children?

You will also be required to obtain first aid training qualifications in Asthma and Anaphylaxis. You need to check with the employer before enrolling, so that client gets the correct training for his or her circumstance.


RTO No. 21903: CPR First Aid was founded in 2007. We specialise in providing first aid training in CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis for a range of workplaces including childcare, schools and other industries in NSW, VIC, SA, WA and QLD. We are a Registered Training Organisation with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (No 21903). Our courses and Units are VET-accredited for workplaces in Australia.


There are a few reasons why scratching a mosquito bite can make it worse. For one, when you scratch the bite, you are actually opening the skin. This will make you prone to infection. Additionally, scratching also irritates the skin around the bite, causing redness, swelling, and pain.

So, how can you stop yourself from scratching a mosquito bite? One way is to apply a cold compress to the bite. This will help to numb the area and reduce the urge to scratch. You can also try applying a topical cream or lotion to the bite. This will help soothe the skin and keep it moisturized. Finally, make sure to keep your nails trimmed and clean. This will help to prevent bacteria from being transferred to the bite site. There are also many natural home remedies for mosquito bites.

If you follow these tips, you can help to prevent mosquito bites from getting worse. You may also consider enrolling in our first aid classes here in CPR First Aid Australia. Happy Learning!

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