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. And because mosquitoes tend to carry diseases such as yellow fever, Malaria and Chikungunya virus there is a chance that we can get infected too. So how to tell if the mosquito that bit you was a carrier of one of the diseases and that you have been infected by the mosquito bite? Let’s find out!
And 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 that might indicate that you have an allergic reaction to the mosquito bite or you have been infected with one of the more common mosquito-carried diseases.
A mosquito bite allergy isn’t very common among adults because most adults have built up resistance to the allergen that they transmit when they bite (that is in the saliva of the mosquitoes). But to kids especially younger children it is not that uncommon because they haven’t yet built up the necessary resistance and might still get a mosquito bite allergy. If the spot where the mosquito has bitten becomes red, swollen and painful and also some bruising and inflammation occurs 24 to 48 hours since the bite these are signs of an allergic reaction against the bite. The symptoms can be treated by medication but if they don’t clear up after a few days then you should go see a doctor in order to make sure that the allergy isn’t more serious and that you don’t need heavier treatment.
However, if you start to notice fever, headache, nausea, confusion or other more severe symptoms then you should seek the help because those are definite symptoms of something more than simple allergy. These can be symptoms for any of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes starting from malaria to West Nile Virus or even meningitis so if you have even the slightest suspicion that you might have one of these diseases you need to immediately contact your doctor as the sooner you treat the disease the quicker your recovery will be.
But how can you protect yourself from both the allergic reaction and getting infected by one of the more serious diseases mosquitoes carry?
The answer is by implementing one or more preventive measures. The best way to go is to use a mosquito fogger to fog 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 you spend your evenings or mornings in like your patio or garden as mosquitoes are the most active at these times and there is bigger chance that a mosquito will bite you.
Then, of course, you can also use things like mosquito repellents or mosquito repelling oils to even further ensure that there is no chance of you developing an allergy against mosquitoes or you getting infected by one of the mosquito diseases. As well as make sure that mosquitoes can’t bite you in the first place by wearing loose long-sleeve shirts, loose and long pants, socks, the works. And employing other mosquito repelling methods to keep the insects away and save yourself some worrying about whether your mosquito bite is infected or not.