Allergies

Allergic Reaction to Mosquito Bites

This article will explain what kind of symptoms mosquito bites can cause for people with mosquito Allergic Reaction and how to treat them.

Mosquito Bite Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Blistering rash
  • Bruises
  • Hives
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Skeeter syndrome

Skeeter syndrome is a severe reaction to mosquito bites. This causes the affected person to develop large areas of swelling in the area where the mosquito bite occurs. It is also possible to develop life threatening anaphylaxis when suffering from a severe form of allergy to mosquitoes.

Who is at Risk to Develop a Mosquito Allergy?

  • People spending a lot of time outdoors
  • People of low resistance to mosquitoes such as people going to areas they are not accustomed to
  • People with immunodeficiency such as AIDS or cancer

Diagnosis of Mosquito Allergy

Diagnosis for mosquito allergy can be done with a skin test. You should only go for allergy testing if there is sufficient reason to believe that you have an allergy to mosquitoes. Therefore, make sure that your symptoms exceed the typical small red bumps and rash caused by the bite of a mosquito.

Prevention of Mosquito Bites

  • Avoidance of mosquitoes
  • Not going into areas with a lot of mosquitoes
  • Avoiding standing water such as in pools if it is not treated with chlorine
  • Wearing clothing that prevents mosquitoes from gaining access to your skin
  • Using mosquito repellent
  • Using insecticide for textiles
  • Trying to avoid sweating which attracts mosquitoes

Treatment

  • Oral antihistamines can be used for allergic reactions treatment.
  • Corticosteroids are also helpful in treating localized reactions to mosquito bites.
  • Zyrtec has been found to be effective to treat mosquito bite symptoms.
  • Allergy shots can be used to desensitize the body to the proteins contained in mosquito bites.

These treatment options should reduce your allergic reaction to mosquito bites.

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