There are topical treatments for bug bites, including over-the-counter drugs that contain hydrocortisone and lidocaine, as well as oral over-the-counter treatments, such as antihistamines, that provide quick relief from itching and swelling. There are many other home remedies that can be used for quick relief.
Some home remedies include holding a damp green tea bag that has been refrigerated on the bite or taking an oatmeal bath. Aloe vera also helps relieve itching caused by bug bites, especially if it is kept in the refrigerator, according to Everyday Health.
Another at-home remedy is dabbing white vinegar or apple cider vinegar onto the bug bite. Ice is recommended to stop itching, and tea tree essential oil can also soothe a bug bite and may have antibacterial properties, say experts interviewed by Women's Health magazine. In addition, lavender and coconut oils can provide relief from itching.
Baking soda can also help dry up the bug bite and ease inflammation, while soaking a washcloth in equal parts milk and water and compressing it onto the bite can help relieve the swelling and inflammation. In addition to all of these treatment options, it is important to prevent scratching so that the skin does not break as this could lead to infection.