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Symptoms that indicate you may be allergic to mosquito bites

 

Every summer we have the same problem. And it is that the mosquitoes intend to kill us. We must also be careful with them especially if you think you can be allergic to mosquito bites. We tell you what the symptoms are.

Allergic reactions to mosquito bites are called “Skeeter syndrome,” and they arise from allergies especially to proteins in mosquito saliva.

According to the Quiron Salud website, mosquitoes they sting to suck our bloodThey do not need it to feed but to produce their eggs, for this reason it is the female mosquito that bites.

The males feed on the juices of the plants. When biting us, the female injects saliva into our skin, which is responsible for the inflammation around the bite and, only in some cases, also for possible allergic reactions.

What signs indicate that you may be allergic to mosquito bites?

From Cigna they disclose that the symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild to severe. The mild ones cause redness, pain, and swelling around the bite, and itching around the bite or anywhere on the body.

While severe reactions can cause hives (hives), swelling of the tongue, throat, or other parts of the body, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, anaphylaxis, which is a serious and life-threatening reaction that requires emergency treatment. It causes confusion, trouble breathing, and other symptoms.

Treatment

If all this happens, you have to go to the doctor because things can get worse or stay the same. Clínica Universidad de Navarra recommends that, if the bite isonly causes a local inflammatory reaction, The only thing we will have to do is apply cold compresses, spread some ointment to calm the itching and pain and, as a last resort, we will take an antihistamine or an anti-inflammatory.

If the sting causes a somewhat more serious reaction, there may be fever, involvement of the two adjoining joints, swelling of the limb, etc.

Then, apart from the symptomatic treatment described above, they should perform allergy tests to find out exactly which insect you are allergic to and the intensity of sensitization.

In addition, the best recommendations are not to touch the area of ​​the bite and apply local cold followed by a corticosteroid cream to reduce the reaction.

In any case, we must be especially careful when we are in an area where there may be more mosquitoes in summer (humidity, places with reservoirs, at dusk …).

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