Common symptoms of a mosquito bite are:
- Itches A red bump appears on the skin.
- Itching, swelling, and pain
- Redness around a bump
- While most people experience a mild reaction to a mosquito bite or an allergic reaction, some may have more severe reactions.
“Skeeter Syndrome” (papular Urticaria) refers to a localized allergic reaction when a mosquito bite causes inflammation and fever.
- Allergenic proteins cause it in mosquito saliva.
- Contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe headaches, fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or trouble breathing.
Mosquito Bite Treatment What to Do When You See a Mosquito Bite?
To prevent mosquito bites, you should first clean the bite with soap water. You can apply ice to reduce swelling and itching temporarily. Some over-the-counter creams and ointments can be used to soothe the itching.
When it comes to getting rid of a mosquito bite, the most important thing is not to scratch it. By rubbing it, you can only mark the bite site and increase your histamine response. Over-scratching can also lead to skin breaks that could cause an infection.
The use of antihistamines, steroids, and NSAIDs can relieve the symptoms and help to get rid of mosquito bites. For severe itching or more significant reactions, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream of one percent may be prescribed. You may need antibiotics if you have symptoms of infection.
How can you prevent mosquito bites?
While most mosquito bites are not dangerous, infected mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases like the West Nile virus to humans. It is important to avoid mosquito bites this summer.
- The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to use an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET. It would help if you also got rid of any standing water in your home, as this could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Because mosquitoes need only a tiny amount of water to reproduce, it is a good idea to get rid of any baby pools, tarps, or flowerpots that are filled with water. Screen all windows and doors to keep mosquitoes away.
- Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes, dark colors, and colognes. Also, avoid spending too much time outside at dusk or dawn, as these are the most active times for mosquitoes.
- For more information about how to prevent mosquito bites, or if you have any questions about the treatment of mosquito infestations on your property, contact a licensed pest control professional.