Mosquito Bite Allergy

Mosquito Bite Allergy Signs: Common Allergies and Symptoms For Bad Insect Bites.

You know the drill. You're sitting outside on a nice Summer evening or walking through your neighborhood. 

Then you hear that certain "buzzing" in your ears. Yep, it's that wonderful time of year.

Female mosquitoes are hungry and looking for a meal. And that meal is us. I try to be as neutral as I can but for the life of me, I wish fleas and mosquitoes would just go away. What can we do when we have allergic reactions to bug bites?

What Is An Allergy?

An allergy is your body's hyperactive state when it come into contact with something its allergic to. 

For some (lucky) people, a mosquito bite allergy is not serious. For those that are allergic to mosquitoes the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after being bitten. It's not the actual bite that causes any mosquito diseases. That's the delivery system and is similar to a wasp sting.

It's the protein in the saliva that causes the allergic reactions.  Mosquito bite allergy symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a few ways. 

Mosquito Bite Allergy Symptoms

Some people have no reactions to mosquitoes but for the rest of us these symptoms can include: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin/bumps 
  • Rash
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Wheezing

In severe cases with a mosquito bite allergy the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.

  • Facial flush
  • Lightheaded 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

My neighbor's child is highly allergic to mosquito bites. Just one bite will cause the infected area to swell the size of a dinner plate.

He needs to be heavily sprayed with insect repellant before going outside and the mother always has a full case of Benadryl on hand.

Mosquito Prevention & Treatment

You may not want to spray yourself down with DEET each time you go outside. Go to your local health food store and look for natural mosquito control sprays. 

These sprays can have lemon eucalyptus and some may have lavender. These are safer and they also smell better. Other things you can do are:

  • Be sure there's no standing water on your property. Stagnant water is a breeding ground.
  • Don't wear floral perfumes
  • Limit the chemical pest control sprays because they can be toxic for extended periods
  • Liquid Benadryl is good for a quick mosquito bite remedy but check with your doctor before using
  • Monitor your time outside. Morning and evening are prime times for mosquitoes.
  • Mosquito netting canopy over your bed
  • Shower before going outside
  • Take garlic supplements
  • Try to avoid areas where mosquitoes are common
  • Use a mosquito swatter
  • Use essential oils such as cinnamon, rosemary, cedar, and peppermint 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants. White colors are better than dark.

If you think you have a mosquito bite allergy or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another good avenue is a local chiropractor that does Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing for allergies.

These kinds insect allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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