mosquitoes bites

Do you hear the buzz?

Hearing the sound and being aware of them nearby, but before you know it they are by your side, although you don't see them. You try to crush it, do you get it? Perhaps yes or perhaps not, but it's sure that you already have a mosquitoes bite on your skin. This is the way they live. Female mosquitoes bite because they need the nutrients contained in human blood to help them to make the eggs they need to reproduce and you suffer the itch. Are mosquito bites dangerous? It depends on the type of mosquito.The Common Mosquito only causes itch and irritation but others, such as the Asian Tiger could cause allergic reactions.

What happens when mosquitoes bite?

When mosquitoes bite, they inject saliva  that contains an anti-coagulant. This anticogulant causes an allergic reaction that may include stinging and swelling. In a few mosquitoes such as Asian Tiger Mosquito, the allergic problems can be dangerous and require medical attention. Mosquito bites could be dangerous also because the mosquitoes may be carriers of other diseases. This happens mostly in tropical countries so you should take preventive measures when you go on holidays.  

Treatment for mosquito bites

Mosquito bites usually remain with us for a few days. We don't usually need medical treatment for them, only to soothe the itch and discomfort while they are healing. Here are some tips for coping with mosquito bites.

  • Wash the mosquito bite with water an soap - to clean the mosquito saliva out of the bit and minimize the sting and help it heal more quicky.
  • Don't scratch. This is the most important thing. You'll often feel a very intensive itch from a mosquito bite and it's difficult to resist the urge to scratch, but is very important not to scratch as it could damage the skin and increase the risk of infections.
  • You should apply a cream for the itch. There are some natural remedies to reduce the itching from mosquito bites including onion, lemon, apple cider vinegar or aloe vera.

How can we prevent mosquito bites?

Some people are more prone to get bitten by mosquitoes than others. This happen because they have a strong body odour that is very attractive to mosquitoes. We can use a mosquitoes repellent on our bodies and on our clothes. Another tip is to  wear long-sleeves and long trousers. If we want to keep mosquitoes away from our homes, we can install mosquito nets in windows and use a mosquito repellent. It's also possible to use some natural repellant such as lavender, mint or pot marigold to ward off mosquitoes.