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Mosquito bite allergy

The Well-known, Bloodsucking Pests

Most of us have experienced the discomfort of being bitten by a mosquito. These pests live in almost all parts of the world and mostly feed on human or animal blood. Namely, only females have the proneness to sucking out one's blood. This is due to the necessity of blood in the egg laying and formation process. Nevertheless, almost every mosquito bite leaves a red, swollen spot which escalates in itchiness once irritated by external factors. Mosquitoes, while biting you in order to suck your blood, apply their saliva along the bite spot. This ensures unobstructed flow of blood into the organism of the mosquito since it prevents the blood from clotting. However, some people are allergic to the proteins inside mosquito saliva react to the bite rather harshly. Numerous different allergic reactions may be present either on the skin or somewhere else in the organism of the bitten person, immediately after getting in the bloodsucking contact with the insect in question.

Manifestations of a Mosquito Bite Allergy

Even though, the first symptoms of the allergy do not deffer the regular manifestations of a mosquito bite, there are some severe differences afterwards. Namely, at first, the victim experiences swelling, redness and irritation around the troublesome spot. It causes itchiness and scratching only makes things worse. However, in contrary to regular bites, these symptoms stay present during the course of several days. Later, other symptoms appear as well. Swelling may occur on every place on one's body, and different organ dysfunctions may take place. Often, breathing difficulties are present as the allergic reaction escalates.

How Can This Be Treated?

There are several things you may do immediately after being bitten by a mosquito. Firstly, make sure you clean the troublesome spot with warm water and an antiseptic or antibacterial soap. Then, dry it using a clean towel, restraining yourself from rubbing too hard or scratching since this can only make things worse, regardless of the temporary feeling of relief it brings. Then, you may apply ice, aloe vera gel or a solution made of baking soda and water. All these will provide you relief and are very effective at the same time.

Alternatively, you may consider taking some anti-inflammatory medications or some topical creams of the same type. However, these may have certain side-effects and are best used only after you had read the instructions. Finally, allergic reactions to mosquito bites are more common with children than with adults. Thus, pay close attention to your child and take all the measures necessary for treating him or her once they get bitten by a mosquito.

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