Mosquitos have been a big problem in our area for the past few weeks. When a mosquito bites an individual, various chemicals are injected into the skin. The red bumps are actually the body's reaction to these chemicals. Most insect bites result in a red bump. Some are larger (like a hive) and some have a small water blister in the center. These are normal reactions to an insect bite. Mosquito bites of the upper face can cause eyelid to swell up for several days. With bites, the swelling can be red as well as large (especially age 1-5 years). Insect bites of the upper face can cause severe swelling around the eye, but this is usually harmless. The swelling is usually worse in the morning after lying down all night. It will improve after standing for a few hours. If your child develops a fever, irritability or the skin in the area of the bite is tender to touch, call the office. If you think you've been bitten by a mosquito, wash the bite with soap and water. Put on some calamine lotion anti-itch cream to stop the itching. Placing an ice pack on the bite may also help. The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to wear an insect repellent. Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, it's also a good idea to empty out buckets, flower pots, toys, and other things in your yard that may have collected water during a rainstorm. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Let’s test your knowledge about mosquito bites.
True or False
A large hive at the bite site means your child is having an allergic reaction. False- this is a normal reaction
The area is red and there is a clear dot in the middle. This means that the bite is infected. False – this is a normal reaction
Most insect bites are itchy for several days. True
The area may be red, pink, and swollen for up to 7 days. True