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Bug Bites that Blister Respond to Hot Water

What do you do when you have really itchy bug bites? OTC anti-itch creams are not always that effective. You may be surprised how well hot water works.

Joe Graedon

April 15, 2019

Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)


Most people get itchy bug bites. Mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice, midges and mites can all trigger an itch for a few days. However, some people are so sensitive to the saliva of biting insects that they develop persistent itching and blistering. Bug bites that blister likely will require medical attention. For example, a dermatologist consultant recommends a potent corticosteroid gel for people who are super sensitive to chigger bites. He prescribes a tiny dab of super-strong clobetasol at the first sign of redness and itching. This can diminish the severity of the reaction. For more mild reactions, though, hot water can be surprisingly effective, as this reader reports.

Hot Water for Bug Bites that Blister:

Q. I have horrible allergic reactions to insect bites. I am so sensitive that bites cause a level of itching that has me in tears. They almost always blister and look terrible.

Today, my brother told me about hot water for itching. It is my saving grace.

A. We first read about hot water for itching over 40 years ago in a textbook called Dermatology:

Diagnosis and Treatment, edited by a renowned expert, Dr Marion Sulzberger. Water needs to be hot (120 to 130 degrees F) but not so hot that it will burn the skin. A few seconds is all that is needed. A hot washcloth can also help.

The theory is that heat overwhelms nerves in the skin that trigger itch sensations. The relief can last for a few hours.

How Does Hot Water Work Bug Bites?

Want to know more about how hot water works? Here is a more in-depth explanation: