Moscow Lifehack: Help! Mosquitoes Ate Me! Ten Russian Home Remedies to Stop the Itch

We sympathize. Here are 10 tried and true Russian home remedies to take the itch out of those bites:

1. Ice. Hold an ice cube on the bite as long as you can stand it. Cold acts as a temporary anesthetic.

2. Mix baking soda and water into a paste and slather it on. Messy but effective.

3. Mix one part 9 percent vinegar (standard Russian cooking vinegar) with three parts water (or less, if the vinegar doesn't irritate your skin). Dampen a cloth in the mix and hold it on the bites.

4. Hold a damp black-tea teabag on the bite, and the tannin will pull out some of the toxins.

5. For a drippy treatment, slather on sour cream or kefir.

6. For a hippy treatment, slather on tea tree oil.

7. For a zippy treatment, slather on Tiger Balm ("Zvyozochka").

8. For a weird treatment, slather on mint toothpaste.

9. For a stinky treatment, dampen a cotton ball with household ammonia and hold it on the bite.

10. For a clean treatment, cover the bite with hand sanitizer.

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