Allergic Reaction to Mosquito Bites? What You Need to Know
What if a mosquito bite landed you in the hospital?
Nobody likes to be bitten by nature’s little bloodsuckers. But for those with an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, these little guys can be downright deadly.
Before you venture into mosquito territory again, be sure to check out our complete guide for everything you need to know!
Am I Actually Allergic?
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably worried that you’re allergic to mosquitos. Here’s some good news: most of the people who think they are allergic are not actually allergic.
For example, you will likely see red, bumping skin after you have been bitten. And that skin is likely to be very itchy.
These are not the signs of a mosquito allergy. Instead, they are signs that your body is fighting off infection. Your body doesn’t like what’s in the mosquito’s saliva (mostly the proteins) and is reacting accordingly.
This reaction is sometimes called “Skeeter Syndrome.” While it is mostly harmless, keep in mind that bites can turn into something more serious even if you don’t have any special skeeter allergies.
Complications From the Bite
So, what all can you get from a simple mosquito bite? To be honest, there’s a huge list of possible maladies.
On the milder end, you might experience welts, swelling, or infection in the skin near the bite. You might also experience inflammation as well as blisters full of nasty fluid.
On the more serious end, mosquitos may also transmit a number of nasty diseases. This includes West Nile, malaria, Zika, yellow fever, meningitis, and encephalitis.
Long story short? A mosquito bite can threaten your life even if you are not allergic. When in doubt, get yourself to a doctor and get a professional opinion.
Riskiest Times of Day
It’s in everyone’s interest to avoid mosquito bites. One of the best ways to do this is to avoid the outdoors during their most active times of the day.
Generally speaking, mosquitos are most active during dawn and during dusk. As you might expect, this is when most people report mosquito bites.
Unless you work weird hours, it’s pretty easy to avoid mosquitos at dawn. It can be a little trickier to avoid them at dusk: we recommend squeezing in that late-day job a bit earlier or a bit later to avoid a nasty bite.
Keep in mind that they mostly hang out near standing water. Simply changing your jogging path can help you avoid these annoying pests.
Who Are Their Favorite Targets?
Some people joke that they must have sweet blood because the mosquitos just keep biting them. While the “sweet blood” part is not accurate, it is true that certain groups are at more risk of being bitten than other people.
First of all, they prefer men over women. Sorry, fellas: you’re more likely to get bitten than your gal.
Second, they love to party by biting those who have recently been drinking beer. Alternately, they love to get a nip of those who have recently been exercising.
Third, they enjoy targeting pregnant women. And they’ll go after just about anyone who is obese.
Finally, genetics plays a part. They will try to nip those with type O blood or anyone with high levels of ammonia, lactic acid, or uric acid.
Mild Allergic Symptoms
Earlier, we talked about the basic symptoms of a mosquito bite. That leaves an obvious question: how can you know if you are actually allergic to mosquitos? It all comes down to recognizing the signs.
If your skin itches far beyond the bitten area, you may have an allergy. Your skin may also develop bruises or lesions after the bite.
Hives and lymphangitis are also major allergy signs. And, of course, anaphylaxis is the most obvious symptom and one that requires immediate medical intervention.
Major Allergic Symptoms
Anaphylaxis is not the only symptom that requires immediate medical attention. Here are a few more signs that should send you running directly to the doctor.
Major headaches and fevers are major signs, as are fatigue and vomiting. Sensitivity to light and skin rashes are serious, and so is general confusion.
If the muscles on one part of your body feel very weak, that can be a major sign. It means that your body may be suffering from some neurological damage after the bite and that you should seek medical attention right away.
Keep the Bite At Bay
We previously talked about which times of day you should stay indoors to avoid mosquitos. Now that you know just how bad their bite can be, here are a few other ways to avoid unwanted skeeter attention.
Remember how we said they love standing water? Your first step should be to get rid of any standing water around your home. Empty kiddie pools and outdoor containers, clean your birdbaths regularly and start unclogging your gutters.
Patch up any holes in your windows or screens and wear light-colored clothing when you venture outside. And if you’re going to be in the same area for a while, don’t forget to light some citronella candles.
When the skeeters are really bad, don’t be afraid to call in professional help.
Best Mosquito Treatments
On a long enough timeline, everyone gets bitten by a mosquito eventually. It’s important to know what the best treatments and remedies are before you are bitten.
In some cases, cool water can help with itchy skin. Try a cold shower or bath and ditch the soap: it can make bites feel worse.
Anti-itch cream can help you reduce the pain throughout the day. And a good oral antihistamine can help to mitigate the pain you are feeling.
These are general treatments for general itching. If you know that you have anaphylaxis, make sure you have an EpiPen on hand in case of a reaction.
Allergic Reaction to Mosquito Bites: Your Next Move
Now you know all about allergic reaction to mosquito bites. But do you know who can help you avoid this threat altogether?
We specialize in all forms of pest control, including mosquito management. To see how we can help your home and life be skeeter-free, contact us today!