What are Mosquito Bites?
Mosquito bites are bumps that develop on the skin after a person is bitten by a mosquito. They develop when the mosquito feeds on the skin. In most cases, mosquito bites are not a cause for concern because they go away within a few days. However, mosquito bites may require medical treatment if there is soreness and swelling in the area.
If the mosquito is carrying a parasite or virus, then a person may become ill. Malaria, West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus are some of the mosquito-borne illnesses.
Who is Likely to be Bitten by a Mosquito?
Scientists have found that certain people are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes. Men and overweight people are more likely to be bitten by mosquitos. People who have type O blood are also more likely to be bitten by mosquitos. Additionally, anyone who lives in a humid and hot climate is at an increased risk of being bitten by a mosquito.
Symptoms of a Mosquito Bite
People who have bitten by a mosquito may develop itchy, brownish bumps, dark spots, small blisters and bruises. People who have been infected with a virus or parasite may have a low-grade fever, hives and swollen lymph nodes. Children are more likely to have an adverse reaction to a mosquito bite.
You should see a physician if you have a fever, headache or any signs of an infection. You should also see a physician if the mosquito bites do not go away.
Treating Mosquito Bites
In most cases, mosquito bites can be treated at home. You can soothe the discomfort of a mosquito bite by applying a cool compress to the area. You can also use calamine lotion to soothe the area. If you have a reaction to the mosquito bite, then an over-the-counter antihistamine can help. See a physician if you have a severe reaction to the mosquito bite.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
There are a few things that you can do to reduce your chance of being bitten by a mosquito. Avoid standing water because this is a place where mosquitos breed. Wearing light-colored protective clothing, repairing holes in your door screens and windows and using mosquito repellent are some of the things that you can do to prevent mosquito bites. You may also want to hire a commercial mosquito control company to help treat and prevent mosquito infestations.