Mosquito Bite Symptoms
Symptoms Of A Mosquito Bite Or Mosquito Allergy
Many people do not observe their 1st mosquito bite. It is only after they are been bitten numerous times, they are likely to notice it. While others observe it almost instantly after a mosquito feeds. So, the mosquito bite symptoms include
- A white puffy bump, appearing within few minutes right after the mosquito bite
- Swelling around the bites
- A hard and reddish-brown color bump(s), which is often itchy
- Tiny blisters rather than hard bumps
- Darker spots, which more often look similar to bruises
In adults and kids with immune disorders, a mosquito bite can trigger
- Low fever
- Bigger swelling
- Swelling of lymph nodes
Extreme Reaction To Mosquito Bites
A mosquito allergy is an itchy bump that appears after a mosquito pricks your skin to feed on blood. Most bites from mosquitoes are harmless. However, rarely it can cause
- A big swelling on your skin
- Extreme redness
- Lymphangitis (inflammation in lymph system)
- Anaphylaxis (very rare but if occurs, it can be life threatening – results in throat swelling & wheezing)
The above reactions are most commonly seen in children than adults. So, such extreme mosquito bite allergies are called “Skeeter Syndrome”. Mosquitoes often carry some parasites or viruses and thus, few bites can cause extreme illness. It includes
- Yellow Fever
- Encephalitis (Brain Infection Type)
A mosquito might also transmit a virus called “West Nile” (usually found in Northern America). And symptoms include:
- Severe headache
- Body ache
- Vomiting or Nausea
- Vision loss
- Stupor or disorientation
- Vision loss
- Light sensitivity
- Neurological changes (like muscle weakness)
When Should You See A Doctor?
When a mosquito bite seems to be connected with severe signs & symptoms — like headache, body aches and fever, then contact a doctor immediately.
Who Is At Risk?
Almost everyone is sensitive to a mosquito bite. However, people with severe allergies, the mosquito bite symptoms can be very serious. Mosquito bites a human often during dusk / dawn. They are most active at such times. Though a male mosquito is harmless (feeds only on water and nectar), it is the female that hunts for blood. Female mosquitoes lock the victim using a mixture of exhaled CO2, scent and sweat. Once the female locates an appropriate meal, she sits on the exposed skin & pierces her proboscis to suck blood.
The reason why mosquitoes prefer only few victims or individuals, who are obese or with O-blood type, is still a mystery. Few researchers claim that a mosquito easily gets attracted to dark colors and heat. Hence, a person wearing dark clothing is more prone to mosquito bites. Mosquito bites are sensitized within some time. This also means that adults rarely have serious reactions than kids.