Hot water on mosquito bites gets rid of the itch. But how, exactly?
August 7, 2013 11:53 AM Subscribe
Dear life scientists! Please explain to me why hot water/heat makes mosquito bites stop itching.
posted by ipsative to science & nature (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Googling gives me:
- It makes the skin release histamines all at once
- It confuses the nervous system
- It short-circuits the nerves on your skin
- It cancels out the mosquito saliva/proteins/venom's anti-coagulating effect
I'm not sure what to believe! My last Biology class was 15 years ago but feel free to go into technical detail.