If you’re human, you’ve probably fallen victim to a mosquito bite one too many times. That irritating feeling of itchy skin, immediately followed by redness is a typical allergic reaction to bites from these pests, that most people experience.
However, for people with extreme allergies to mosquito bites, the symptoms can be a bit more difficult to manage. Skeeter Syndrome is an allergy to mosquito saliva, which results in severe allergic reactions.
Mosquitoes inject a thinning agent into our blood, as it’s entirely too thick for these pests to siphon as is. That agent is, in fact, their saliva, and contains allergenic polypeptides that force the body to react to the enzymes. For people with Skeeter Syndrome, this can mean a whirlwind of discomfort.
Symptoms of Skeeter Syndrome
Symptoms of this allergic reaction to mosquito bites can either appear immediately or after a bit of time has passed.
The most common symptoms include;
- Extreme itchiness and swelling
- Appearance of bumps and swelling on areas of the body that were not bitten
- Blisters and bruises
- Red lumps on the area of the bite itself
- Infections as a result of excessive scratching
- Anaphylaxis and angioedema may develop (in very rare cases)
Treatment for Mosquito Bite Allergies
The best thing you can do treat skeeter syndrome is try to avoid scratching, which is easier said than done.
The reason for doing so is due to the fact that refraining from itching gives the bite less of a chance of becoming infected.
To help stop the scratch, you can use an anti-itch cream containing hydrocortisone to help soothe the discomfort, or even an antihistamine like Benadryl. For a free remedy, you could try rubbing ice on the bites, which will reduce inflammation.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Controlling mosquitoes around your property should be the number one priority for anyone with Skeeter Syndrome.
Remembering to equip yourself with the mosquito control solutions provided by Mr. Mister and the knowledge of mosquito control itself will give you a broad spectrum of precautions to take when trying to avoid getting bitten.
This includes reducing mosquito habitats, covering up in loose fitting and light colored clothing, or applying natural repellents to your skin.
Atlanta has heavy mosquito activity during the warmer spring months, making it a difficult place to avoid mosquito bites. If you or your family members have Skeeter Syndrome, the best prevention is to enlist the professionals at Mr. Mister to create mosquito barrier protection around your home.
Our solutions target mosquitoes where they live, hide, and rest, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy yourself when you’re out in the yard.