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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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Staying Healthy while Traveling (Tip)

Staying Healthy while Traveling

Use bed nets if no air conditioning — Prevent mosquito bites. ...See more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
Once
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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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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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Staying Healthy while Traveling (Tip)

Staying Healthy while Traveling

Use bed nets if no air conditioning to prevent mosquito bites that can cause malaria and Dengue. ...See more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Clean bite with soap and water
once
Apply ice pack
once
Elevate and rest affected body part
once
For discomfort, use oral Benadryl or hydrocortisone cream
once
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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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