For most of us, mosquito bites are simply an annoying but inevitable part of summer. If we can resist the urge to scratch the itchy bite, bumps tend to fade away in a matter of days and we vow to use bug spray the next time we’re outdoors. But for some people, a mosquito bite can generate an allergic reaction that is painful and lingering. This type of reaction is referred to as “Skeeter Syndrome.”
Skeeter Syndrome develops from an allergic reaction to the proteins in a mosquito’s saliva. Symptoms can develop within a matter of hours and include:
- Large area of swelling and redness around the bite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Low-grade fever
While Skeeter Syndrome is generally rare, you may be more likely to develop it if you have an immune-system disorder or have been bitten by a mosquito species you weren’t previously exposed to. Children can also be at a higher risk than adults for developing Skeeter Syndrome because our bodies can become desensitized to mosquito bites over time.
For immediate treatment, the CDC recommends:
- Washing the bite with soap and water.
- Applying an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itching.
- Applying an over-the-counter anti-itch cream to help relieve the itch.
- Note: If you have allergies or sensitive skin, check with your doctor before applying a cream.
If you find that mosquito bites are consistently causing a severe reaction, it may be worth scheduling an appointment with a board-certified allergist to officially determine if you have a mosquito allergy.
One preventative measure that can help you fight the bite: calling in the pros to help you ward off a mosquito invasion. Contact your local Mosquito Squad today!