Make an “X” on your bug bite with your fingernail

I know there are hundreds of people out there who, as children, would make a cross design on their mosquito bites with their fingernails to reduce the itching. You might be here because you want to know if that is true or not.

Mark an X on your mosquito bite to provide temporary reliefWell, I’m here to tell you that the answer to the question,”Will making an X on my bug bite make it stop itching” is both yes and no.

Another question that is often asked ponders the reason for mosquitoes and what do mosquitoes eat? If one is looking for the secret ways of how to get rid of bug bites  and completely preventing it from ever occurring again, you have come to the right place.

Make an X On Your Bug Bite

First, you must understand how your brain receives pain. There are nerve endings on your skin that tell your brain something is wrong or different. When a mosquito bites you, it injects a chemical that numbs your skin and actually causes an allergic reaction.

Many people find these bites irritating and annoying since they itch.

Itching a mosquito bite one too many times may open it leaving room for infection. Drawing an X on your bug bites will help! I will explain why in a second, but creating a pattern that resembles an X on your mosquito bite drastically reduces the urge to scratch at it.

Make an XI personally recommend using some other form of relief when it comes to making a mosquito bite stop itching and swelling, and I will explain why in the next few paragraphs.

A great cure to any bug bite is simply to override the pain. Have you ever stubbed your toe? I have, and when I was little my mother would tell me something sarcastic along the lines of “Want me to step on your other toe to make it better?”.

Well, she was definitely onto something. We can trick our brains into forgetting about the pain somewhere by producing pain elsewhere. Using your fingernail to press a cross design onto your affected area will actually make the itching stop.

Scientists think that this also contributes to why hot spoon method works: distraction from pain.

When you mark an “X” on your bite, all you are doing is causing more pain(at least for the brain) than the itching sensation. You can literally forget about any pain in your body if you do something that causes more pain.

Our minds are so complex, yet so simple we can trick them into producing results we want. Mosquito bites are a great example of this quality, but it also works for chigger bites, flea bites, and many other insect bites.


Bug bites can become infected if scratched with the fingernails which contain bacteria. This bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause an illness that may be detrimental to your health. To prevent infection, don’t scratch your bug bite.

When marking your X on your skin, be careful not to press too hard such that your skin breaks and starts to bleed as this can produce the same result and end in infection. Any open wound, especially one that came from an insect or spider biting you is an infection waiting to happen.

Clean out with wound with warm water, hydrogen peroxide and place a band-aid on as soon as possible! Use a ballpoint pen to draw a circle around your mosquito bite to measure and track the redness. If the redness keeps spreading and increasing in size, your bug bite may be infected.

Consider visiting a professional doctor before trying any further techniques since you may have a more serious underlying problem.

Will Using My Fingernail Stop Bug Bites From Itching?

So, the answer to the question is both yes and no because it doesn’t directly stop the itching. However, it does prevent you from itching the area and provides temporary relief from the sensation.

I recommend actually trying a more permanent technique like using a glue stick to stop bug bites from itching immediately and forever. Our research has proved that there is a huge number of ways to stop the itching both scientifically and by using herbal remedies. Here are some useful resources:

  1. Get Rid of Mosquito Bites Overnight
  2. Hot Spoon Relieves Itches!
  3. Get rid of Mosquito Bites on Toddlers
Many people can find satisfaction in stopping their itching wound using one of our many techniques. So in the end, yes, using your fingernail in the proper way is an effective way to stop any bug bites from itching.
Healthy-FamilyThis actually works for gnat bites on neck, bug bites near your groin, and bug bites all over your body. Just remember that a strong X can possibly lead to a future infection, since opening the wound allows bacteria to enter. I recommend using this technique, but be very careful not to break open the skin.

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