Admit it, we all hate mosquitos to the core. These annoying blood-suckers carry viruses for dengue, malaria, zika which are all life-threatening diseases. While these diseases are commonly known, there is one mosquito allergy that you might haven’t heard about, Skeeter Syndrome. In this article, we will talk about this allergic reaction in detail.
Mosquitoes are most active during dusk or dawn. Not many people know this, only female mosquitoes suck blood while male mosquitoes are completely harmless! You know you’ve been bitten by a mosquito when you see a red itching bump on your skin. This is however normal when your body reacts to the mosquito’s saliva, it gives rise to skeeter syndrome.
Who are at risk of Skeeter syndrome?
There are certain people who are at maximum risk of a mosquito bite:
- Pregnant women
- Obese people
- People with ‘O’ blood group
- People who recently consumed beer
- People who just exercised
- People who release high amounts of ammonia, uric acid and lactic acid
- People wearing dark color clothes
Serious symptoms and allergic reactions
Mosquito bites which are significantly larger than a quarter can cause severe allergies whose initial symptoms are:
- Itching in a larger area
- Bruises around the mosquito bite
- Hives near the skin of the bite
Now, if you notice any of the below-mentioned symptoms, see a doctor immediately. If these symptoms occur along with the common symptoms, it indicates serious risk.
- Severe headache
- Light sensitivity
- Muscle weakness
The difference between Skeeter syndrome and skin infection
The signs of skin infection after bug bite and skeeter syndrome are nearly the same. Itchiness, redness, swollen skin, pain, etc. are the common symptoms that may confuse you whether it is an infection or allergy. While mosquito infection occurs a few days after the bite, skeeter syndrome occurs right away!
These both are different but somehow connected as victims of skeeter syndrome are at risk of getting a skin infection. As people do scratch their skin out of itchiness, it deteriorates the skin’s condition and this affects the healing process. Thus, this allergy may lead to infection.
If you don’t see these symptoms subside in a few days and the skin instead becomes inflamed, visit a skin specialist as soon as possible.
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Tips to prevent mosquito bites
Prevention is the best way to deal with such allergies. It is better to stay protected. Here are some ways to secure yourself from a mosquito bite and the allergy that follows.
- Prevent standing water
- Unclog the gutters so that water doesn’t stand in them
- Empty the swimming pool
- Empty the containers where water can get stored such as flower pots
- Apply mosquito repellant whenever you go out
- Wear light-colored clothes, preferable with full sleeves
- Place citronella-scented candles at the windows and doors
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