Mosquito bite

by Dr. Yiannis Neofytou

To avoid mosquito bites, experts advise:

– Wear clothes that cover as much of the skin as possible, such as pants and long-sleeved blouses.

– Use an insect repellent.

– Minimize food outdoors (eg do not leave them exposed on tables put them in the oven or kitchen).

– Stay away from places where mosquitoes gather (shady and damp places) especially in the afternoon and then and early in the morning.

The normal reaction to a mosquito bite is red, swollen, itchy rashes. They appear within minutes of the sting and can take up to 10 days to disappear.

When skin rashes are accompanied by obvious swelling, local fever, redness and itching or pain, as well as fever, it is called Skeeter syndrome, a fairly severe allergic reaction to mosquito bites.

There is no test that detects allergy to mosquito bites. The doctor examines the symptoms and gives the appropriate treatment depending on their severity.

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