Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses mosquito bites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you enjoy spending summer evenings outdoors, then you’ve probably experienced a mosquito bite. Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after a female mosquito has punctured your skin to feed on your blood. As a mosquito begins to use its mouthparts to eat, it injects its saliva into your skin. The proteins in mosquito saliva cause an immune system reaction that then results in a bump or welt and mild to moderate itching.

Most mosquito bites are harmless, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Bumps could either appear minutes after the initial bite or they could take a day or two to manifest. They can be puffy and white or hard and reddish-brown. In some individuals, swelling, bruising or blistering can occur alongside mosquito bites, though this is rare.

The vast majority of mosquito bites are more of a nuisance than a medical concern and you won’t need to see a physician. However, mosquitos can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, particularly in tropical parts of the world. If you seem to be experiencing flu-like symptoms associated with a mosquito bite, consult your physician immediately.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares tips to prevent mosquito bites.

Researchers continue to study why mosquitos seem to be attracted to certain people over others. Diet, blood type and naturally occurring chemicals and bacteria in the body could all play a key role. Though bites are sometimes difficult to avoid, you can still take precautionary measures to keep from being a mosquito magnet on your next hike.

An insect repellant is a great deterrent for hungry mosquitos. Spray all exposed areas of skin with a DEET-based product for the best protection.

Mosquitos often use vision to spot their next meal. Wearing blues, reds or blacks could make you more visible against the horizon. Choose light colors and wear pants, long sleeves, socks and a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection.

Use FixMySkin Healing Balms, developed by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to treat mosquito bites.

For fast relief from the itching and redness associated with mosquito bites, choose FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. This product penetrates deeply into the skin to moisturize and heal damaged cells with 1% hydrocortisone. The handy balm stick applies easier than creams and won’t melt in your pocket, purse or backpack.

Do you have a question for Dr. Schlessinger about mosquito bites? Let us know in the comments section.

Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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