Summer is here, and there’s nothing better than spending the rest of it enjoying the great outdoors. Not until mosquitoes start to feast on your flesh and blood. These tiny little insects can bring the itch out of you, how much more for those people that are allergic to such.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) stated that at least six seconds of mosquito contact must be done for the reaction to occur. Your best bet to avoid mosquito bites is to avoid contact with them in the first place. Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants, or by using an insect-repellent lotion that can last for hours and so on. Even better, keep away from areas with stagnant water as this is where mosquitos would like to kill their time.
Fact or Bluff? Mosquito Bite Allergies
- Mosquito bites appear as small, swollen, and red itchy bumps on the skin that can last for days. However, extreme symptoms that include large bumps with significant swelling is known as the Skeeter Syndrome. Most people mistook this syndrome as an allergic reaction.
- People who have the syndrome most likely visit the doctor for a diagnosis, hoping for an allergic reaction test. However, no such test exists for mosquito bite allergies. There is still a diagnosis, but it’s done by gathering data from the patient’s history and looking at pictures comparing it to the patient’s skin where the syndrome is prominent.
- Treatment for such syndrome depends on how it affects you. If it shows little to no signs of bothering you, then there’s no need to get such treatment. However, when it continues swelling and causes other health issues, then a daily dose of antihistamine such as Claritin or Allegra can help reduce and ease the pain. Oral steroids are sometimes prescribed only for people that are experiencing severe cases as side effects are most likely to occur.
There is a rare form of mosquito bite allergy, however, and it can create a life-threatening reaction to your body just like when you’re bitten by a bee or wasp. If ever you’re experiencing something like this, it is advisable to call 911 immediately if possible. Such reactions include:
- Hives – Appears as swollen and red itchy bumps in the area of the bite or even your whole body.
- Swelling – Most likely to occur on the mouth, lips, or throat, which indicates a sign of a severe reaction.
- Nausea – Happens when you suddenly get sick after being bitten, which is a sign of another symptom of a serious allergic reaction.
- Dizziness – A feeling of lightheadedness and unstable walking patterns when you try to get up.
- Headache – A quick headache that you may be experiencing after being bitten is a sign of a severe reaction.
- Fever – When you suddenly have a fever after being bitten, it is a sign that your body is fighting off the allergic reaction caused by the bite.