Mosquito bites can occur at any time of the day depending on which mosquito is biting you. A typical mosquito bite looks round and puffy with a dot at the center. This reaction is instantaneous and shows up as soon as the mosquito bites you. The bump then becomes red and swells accompanied with a lot of itching.
Children and people with a compromised immune system may suffer more severe reactions to the bite including a break out of hives, swollen lymph nodes and a massive patch of redness and swelling. Typically the mosquito bite should not be a source of concern because the swelling and itching go down in a few minutes to hours; unless, of course, one has an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite or a mosquito-borne disease.
The Skeeter syndrome is a severe reaction to a mosquito bite with severe symptoms. The bite becomes swollen up to twice or three times the size of a normal mosquito bite, sometimes even bigger. A high fever accompanies this swelling coming hot on the heels of the bite and within a few hours of the bite. Skeeter syndrome can occur in absolutely healthy victims of a mosquito bite.
Skeeter syndrome can get intense with adverse reactions like very pronounced swelling especially if the mosquito has bitten the victim on the same spot several times. There is also a lot of heat emanating from the bite site as well as pain which is not normal with a mosquito bite. For some people their faces swell as well and lips or eye lids will puff up while others have nausea and vomiting as well as blistering on the site of the bite and difficulty breathing.
Skeeter syndrome can be diagnosed in a clinic or b an allergist using a skin test. The good news is that Skeeter syndrome is not as deadly as the anaphylactic shock that people go into from wasp and bees stings. Medical practitioners haven’t seen Skeeter syndrome victim fatalities.
How to tell a mosquito allergic reaction from a mosquito bite infection
Both situations feature very similar symptoms including itching, redness, pain and swelling. Some fever and chills are involved as well. However, while the infection can occur within a few days of the bite the allergic reaction occurs immediately. Skeeter syndrome doesn’t take long to manifest and it can be very scary especially when accompanied with difficulty breathing.
We always recommend preventing mosquito bites as a way to prevent eh larger issues that may arise for the bite. As such using repellent and sleeping under a net should be your first line of defense. Also, learn whether you are susceptible to mosquito bites more than other people and steer clear of areas with mosquitoes.
If you have an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite, make your way to the doctor’s. They will probably give you and oral antihistamine and prescribe a pain reliever. For people who have very severe reactions the option of allergy shots that desensitize the patient so that the reaction is not life threatening.