Mosquito bites are quite common. It’s hard to catch them as they are tiny and when spotted, they can fly away quickly, safe from your reach. Only female mosquitoes feed on your blood. They need human blood to get their protein supply needed for reproduction. The male mosquitoes only feed on nectar from flowers.
It’s quite easy to distinguish mosquito bites. The most common telltale sign is the red, itchy swollen bump that goes away after a few hours. The swelling isn’t actually caused by the bite, but by your immune system’s reaction to the insect’s saliva.
However, there’s an important reason why you should be concerned about that seemingly harmless mosquito bite: it can be deadly. Mosquitoes are carriers of some of the most serious diseases on earth like malaria and dengue fever. These can also carry heartworms, which are dangerous for dogs.
So what do you do if you get bitten by a mosquito? Here are some tips:
Wash the area bitten by the mosquito
Using your regular soap and water, wash the affected area to help remove remnants of the mosquitoes’ saliva. If water and soap are not readily available, you can clean the area with alcohol. The cooling effect of alcohol will also help relieve itchiness.
Apply ointments or calamine lotion.
Head to your nearest pharmacy and look for ointments that have been specifically formulated for insect bites. Calamine lotion or anti-itch lotion is also used to treat insect bites and skin allergies.
If you feel pain, apply ice.
Mosquito bites are usually itchy but for some people, the bite may cause pain. If you feel pain due to the bite, the ice will bring relief.
Observe for any extreme allergic reactions or for fever.
While it is rare, mosquito bites can cause anaphylactic reaction. This is a severe reaction to the bite that may affect the whole body in the form of hives, diarrhea, abdominal or chest pain, and swelling among others. If you notice any extreme allergic reactions, get immediate medical help or head to the nearest hospital.
Also, watch out for fevers that develop a few days up to a week of being bitten by mosquitoes, especially if there’s no cold symptoms present. If you suddenly get high-grade fever, intense headaches, and diarrhea, consult your doctor. Your healthcare provider may order a blood test.
Call a pest control company to get rid of mosquitoes.
If you got bitten by a mosquito at home or in the office, chances are there are places in your home where these insects breed. Mosquitoes love stagnant water. They breed here. They also love clutter and damp and dark places. If you have a garden at home, make sure that your bushes are trimmed and get rid of unused tires or basins that tend to collect water. Calling a pest control company can help you get rid of mosquitoes safely and effectively.Share