Mosquitoes are probably the worst part of summer because as much as we want to just enjoy the summer and relax outdoors, mosquitoes tend to ruin our fun by biting us. As mosquitoes can carry diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and the chikungunya virus, there is a chance that we could get infected by them as well. So, how can you tell if the mosquito that bit you carried one of those diseases and how can you know if you may have been infected by its bite? Let’s find out!
What are the symptoms of an infected mosquito bite?
There are quite a few different symptoms that can be attributed to an infected mosquito bite and which might indicate that you either are having an allergic reaction to the mosquito bite or that you have been infected with one of the more common diseases carried by mosquitoes.
Having a mosquito bite allergy is not very common among adults because most adults have built up a resistance to the allergens that are transmitted by mosquitoes when they bite. These allergens can be found in the saliva of mosquitoes. But for kids, especially younger children, this kind of allergy is not that uncommon because they have not yet been able to build up the necessary resistance and might still show signs of a mosquito bite allergy. If the spot the mosquito has bitten becomes red, swollen, and painful with some bruising and inflammation occurring within 24-48 hours after the bite, these are signs of an allergic reaction. The symptoms can be treated with medication but if they do not clear up after a few days then you should go see a doctor in order to make sure that the allergy is not serious and that it does not need more serious treatment.
However, if you start to notice fever, headache, nausea, confusion, or any other more severe symptoms then you should seek medical help because those are definite symptoms of something more than simple allergy. These can be symptoms for any of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes ranging from malaria to the West Nile virus or even meningitis. So, if you have even the slightest suspicion that you might have one of these more severe mosquito bite symptoms, you need to immediately contact your doctor as the sooner you treat the disease, the quicker your recovery will be.
How can you protect yourself from mosquitoes?
The answer is by implementing one or more preventive measures. The best way to go is to use a mosquito fogger to treat the area you usually spend time in to make sure that no mosquito will come near you or your loved ones. You should especially think about fogging the area in which you spend your mornings and evenings, such as your patio or garden, as mosquitoes are the most active at these times and there is bigger chance that a mosquito will bite you during those periods.
Then, of course, you can also use things like mosquito repellents or mosquito repelling oils to further ensure that there is no chance of you developing a mosquito allergy or being infected by one of the mosquito-borne diseases. You should also make sure that mosquitoes cannot bite you in the first place by wearing long-sleeved loose shirts; long, loose pants; socks… the works. Employ these and other mosquito repelling methods to keep these pests away and to save yourself from worrying about whether your mosquito bite is infected or not.