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My child has a bad reaction to mosquito bites. Is he allergic?

My child has a bad reaction to mosquito bites. Is he allergic?

Probably.: Allergy to proteins in mosquito saliva is common but immunotherapy (allergy injections) is neither effective nor necessary. With continued exposure almost everyone develops tolerance to mosquitoes in their locale. When they go elsewhere they're bitten by other mosquitoes & often reactions reappear. This is why mosquitoes only seem to bite tourists & not natives. All are bitten; only newbies notice. ...Read more

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Mosquito Bite (Definition)

Mosquito bites usually are not very visible on skin unless there is an allergic reaction or an infection following the bite. Allergic reaction will cause a redness white an infection may ...Read more


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When I wake up every morning, I find brand new mosquito bites all over me. What should I do to stop this?

When I wake up every morning, I find brand new mosquito bites all over me. What should I do to stop this?

Oops, not mosquitoes: Mosquitoes feed at dusk - you'd notice new bites before going to sleep. Night feeders (that sounds creepy) include the kissing bug (triatoma protracta) and bed bugs (cimex lectularius). The kissing bug flies gaining access to your bedroom through gaps in the screens. Bed bugs live in the house hiding in crevices during the day. Look for dead bugs in the bedding. All these bugs are blood suckers. ...Read more

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How can I can get relieve these mosquito bites?

How can I can get relieve these mosquito bites?

Remedies & tx: Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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How to make my mosquito bites not itch?

How to make my mosquito bites not itch?

Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator ; apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes ; has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste ; place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. ...Read more

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Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of mosquito bites?

Are there practical ways to reduce the odds of mosquito bites?

Yes: Mosquitoes in this country usually bite during dusk to dawn hours. However, if you travel internationally, you may encounter mosquitoes that are active during the day as well. Stay indoors if possible, when out, leave as little of your body uncovered by clothes. Then use deet containing mosquito repellents, such as ultrathon, on all exposed body parts and wear clothes pre-treated with permethrin. ...Read more

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What causes mosquito bites to itch?

What causes mosquito bites to itch?

Mosquito bite itch: Recent research has shown that itching due to mosquito occurs through a histamine-independent peripheral pathway. See http://www.Rosslab.Neurobio.Pitt.Edu/mbi/. ...Read more

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How do I make the itch of mosquito bites stop?

How do I make the itch of mosquito bites stop?

Benadryl gel: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a commonly used anti-histamine which comes as a topical gel and can be used on mosquitoe bites to relieve itching. It is available over the counter. Calamine lotion can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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Why would mosquito bites flare up and last for a long time?

Immune reaction: The flare-up results from the body’s immune reaction to the toxin secreted by the mosquito (or other arthropod). This reaction is common and is appropriately described as a “persistent arthropod reaction.” these can last for up to several months, but eventually resolve. ...Read more

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How to remove mosquito bites?

Decrease bite Sx's: Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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What happens when you pop your mosquito bites.?

What happens when you pop your mosquito bites.?

Risk: When you break down your protective skin barrier by popping a lesion - it creates a portal for potential infection. ...Read more

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