Symptoms of Allergic Reaction to Mosquito Bites
For most people, a simple mosquito bite is a nuisance that creates a red mark on the skin and causes one to scratch the area because of the itching. However, for some individuals, they may be allergic to mosquito bites and have a significant reaction. This particular allergic reaction is called Skeeter Syndrome.
The specific cause of this allergic reaction in a human being is due to the polypeptides that are present in the saliva of the mosquito. This condition will progress over a couple of hours and is not to be confused with cellulitis that progresses over a period of days.
Although rare, it is important to know what the symptoms of an allergic reaction involving Skeeter’s Syndrome are. Specifically, an allergic reaction on the skin will be a bruising and blistering of the area in which the mosquito has bitten the individual. Around that area of the skin will be an initial swelling, followed by a red lump and then the appearance of larger bumps and swelling which may appear on other areas of the skin.
Although, not as common, there is still a possibility that anaphylaxis may occur or a condition known as angioedema. Anaphylaxis is the body’s reaction to an allergen and symptoms of breathing troubles, a rash, closure of the throat and possibly death. Angioedema is a swelling of the skin just beneath the surface and could lead to breathing problems with the worst-case scenario being suffocation.
Another symptom that is indicative to an allergic reaction could be a case of asthma. One other significant symptom to an allergic reaction brought on by mosquito bite is severe itching. If the individual continues to scratch this may leave the area raw and open which could lead to infection.
Allergic Treatment of a Mosquito Bite
Allergic reaction to a mosquito bite or the Skeeter syndrome can be treated through the use of antihistamines and corticosteroids. Generally these medications are taken orally and will counter the itchiness and burning sensation that is experienced as well as help to relieve pain.
In the event of anaphylaxis it is important that the individual be treated at a hospital immediately.
Additionally, during the height of the mosquito season, an individual can take a preventative medication known as Cetirizine hydrochloride on a daily basis.
Also, as a homeopathic medicine, an individual can make use of aromatherapy. Some of those essences that can be utilized as part of this therapy could include lavender, citronella and Juniper Berry. Simply utilize an aroma lamp and place these oils in the dispenser. They will help to keep the mosquitoes at a distance.
Other preventative measures that can be utilized to prevent mosquito bites include the use of mosquito repellents. One such repellent could be DEET and can be applied to the skin of an individual.
Also, as a precautionary action, it would be wise to keep medicines in easy reach that can counter any allergic affects experienced by individuals in a household because of a mosquito bite.
And, of course, it is always important to seek medical help if there are life threatening symptoms that household members are experiencing. Those life-threatening symptoms would include difficulty in breathing, blistering of the skin or any swelling experienced on a part of the body.
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