Mosquito bites are the most common insect bites. They can be very rarely fatal but some bites from different mosquito species can cause great discomfort and skin irritation. Usually, mosquito bites only result in a mild allergic reaction that goes away in a short period of time. But in some cases, a mosquito bite could lead to the onset of a more serious allergic reaction and can lead to encephalitis or West Nile fever.
You only need to keep some things in mind to deal with common mosquito bites, especially for people with sensitive skin or ‘O’ positive blood group since they are mostly attacked by mosquitoes. Here are some do’s and don’ts of mosquito bites:
USE COLD COMPRESS
If you feel the itching is too much, a cold compress can help you in this situation. Simply grab a cold pack from the freezer or put some ice cubes in a cloth and apply it on the itch with little pressure. Ice numbs your nerve endings and reduces the urge to itch.
Mosquito bites can get severe if the mosquito is infected and if you have broken skin. Any broken skin could lead to infection or more severe health consequences. Thoroughly washing the area with soap and water can prevent this from occurring.
Mosquitoes usually bite a lot in post rainy season and in summers. Wear pants, socks, shoes and long sleeves, especially when venturing into heavy brush with likely bug infestations. Make sure you wear full clothes when going to a park.
DRAIN STANDING WATER
Way to prevent mosquito bite is stopping it in the first place itself. Water usually collect in small holes and dents especially in the rains and after snowfalls, also in the bird baths, planters and wading pools. Make sure you change your pet’s water bowl frequently and drain all the unwanted water from unwanted places.
USE INSECT REPELLENTS
Insect repellents can help when used properly. Apply insect repellents only as directed by the label instructions, before bedtime (if you have mosquitoes in the house)or before going out.
Scratching can result in over-inflamed skin and also cause the bump to appear. Scratching that itch may also sometimes result in infection. Put on a bandage, or in a pinch, apply a piece of tape over the top of the bite. If itching seems uncontrollable, apply mint leaf juice or aloe vera gel on it.
AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE IN EVENING
Evenings are always happy for mosquitoes. They often bite people during that time of the day. It will always be better if you could avoid leaving the house or visiting a park between 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
AVOID USING MOSQUITO SPRAYS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Aerosol sprays can cause respiratory problems to people with sensitive immunity or to infants. There is always a possibility you’ll inhale chemicals, and you could get sprayed in the eyes and face. Use DIY sprays instead.
AVOID BUYING WRIST BANDS AND APPLICATIONS
Some people end up purchasing wrist bands and mobile applications that claim to buzz away mosquitoes. These things do not work so do not waste your money on them.