We understand the nuisances and potential health threats posed by mosquitos. As a professional mosquito control company, we see it every day in our work.
Mosquitos are not just annoying insects that leave behind irritating bites and carry several diseases. On top of all that there is a specific health threat that you may not be aware of: mosquito bite allergies.
When a Mosquito Bites
As you may know, when a mosquito bites it pierces the skin to feed on your blood. In the course of doing so, it injects saliva into your body. This saliva contains proteins that cause minor symptoms like itching, redness, and swelling around the bite area. In some individuals, the saliva can trigger allergic reactions.
An allergy to mosquito bites is also known as Skeeter Syndrome. It happens when the body has an extreme adverse reaction to the proteins in mosquito saliva, triggering an exaggerated immune response.
Common Symptoms of Mosquito Bite Allergies
How can you tell if it’s more than “just a bite?” If you have a mosquito bite allergy you will likely exhibit more severe symptoms. These may include:
- Larger or expanding areas of swelling
- Formation of blisters
- Hives appearing in areas other than the bite site
- Swollen lymph nodes
If the symptoms become severe, do not hesitate to seek medical care.
Who is at Risk?
While it sounds rare, mosquito bite allergies can affect anyone regardless of age or health status. Children, individuals with a history of allergic reactions, and those with compromised immune systems might be more susceptible. Geography also plays a part. Places with higher mosquito populations may also see more cases of mosquito bite allergies.
How is a Mosquito Bite Allergy Diagnosed?
If you’re not sure if it’s a run of the mill mosquito bite or an allergic reaction, it’s best to get a medical consultation. Diagnosis of a mosquito bite allergy will include a review of symptoms and possibly allergy testing.
Treatment Options for Mosquito Bite Allergy
If you know for sure you have a mosquito bite allergy, treatment involves relieving the symptoms and managing any potential complications. It’s important to note that reactions to mosquito bites vary widely, so treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. Here are the most common treatment options:
1. Home Remedies for Mild Reactions:
For those experiencing mild symptoms, these home remedies can alleviate discomfort. These recommendations can also help if you’ve been bitten by a mosquito but have not had an allergic reaction.
Cold Compresses: Applying a cold pack or a cloth dampened with cold water on the affected area can help reduce swelling and relieve itching.
Over-the-Counter Creams: Topical creams containing hydrocortisone, calamine, or similar compounds can help soothe the skin and reduce itching. These are available at most pharmacies.
Oral Antihistamines: Non-prescription oral antihistamines like Benadryl can help manage itching and calm other minor allergic reactions. Please only use as outlined on the package instructions. Be aware, they may cause drowsiness.
Avoid Scratching: Although it might be tempting, scratching the bite area can worsen the itch and even lead to infection. Try to keep the area clean and avoid scratching as much as possible.
2. Medical Treatments for Severe Reactions:
For individuals with severe mosquito bite allergy reactions, medical treatment may be necessary:
Prescription Antihistamines: In some cases, over-the-counter solutions may not be enough. A healthcare provider might prescribe stronger antihistamines to manage the allergic reaction.
Corticosteroids: If the swelling and itching are severe, a healthcare provider may prescribe corticosteroid creams or even oral steroids. These powerful medications can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
Epinephrine: In rare cases, severe mosquito bite allergies can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. If this occurs, an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) may be required, and it’s crucial to seek emergency medical attention immediately.
3. Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy):
For individuals who experience severe and frequent reactions, allergy shots or immunotherapy may be recommended. This involves regular injections of small amounts of allergens to help the body build up a tolerance over time. This treatment is usually administered under the supervision of an allergist.
Remember, the most suitable treatment option depends on the severity of the symptoms and individual health circumstances. Always consult with a healthcare provider for the best course of action.
Preventing Mosquito Bites and Allergies
Prevention is the best approach to manage mosquito bite allergies. This includes personal protection measures such as using insect repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants during peak mosquito activity times, and removing potential mosquito breeding sites around your home, like standing water.
How Professional Mosquito Control Services Can Help
If you’re eager to significantly reduce the mosquito population in your surroundings, reducing the risk of bites and subsequent allergies, then you definitely want to consult a pest control company offering professional mosquito control services. Our Moyer Mosquito program offers a complete control strategy, including inspection, treatment, and follow-up, to ensure your home and yard are mosquito-free.
We use safe and effective resistant-proof treatments and techniques that target mosquitos at all life stages, from eggs to adults. This integrated approach offers long-term mosquito control, giving you peace of mind and making your outdoor spaces safer and more enjoyable.
Call us at 215.799.2010 or visit emoyer.com/mosquito to learn more or to schedule a consultation.