No one knowingly plans on getting chewed by mosquitoes. However, mosquito bites happen all the time. It could be on the beautiful summer day that you decided going camping and enjoy the stars. You may not have taken precautions of wearing long pants as well as full sleeved shirt so this devious little creature will succeed in having a go at you through the clothing or exposed areas such as the neck, face and hands.
Or you could be out on the porch sipping some coffee after dinner and enjoying the still of the night on a full moon and several pesky mosquitoes manage to land a bite.
Itchiness in mosquito bites
While the mosquito bite may not be the problem per se, the itchiness that accompanies it is. You may wake the next day with soft bumps in the bitten areas that feel itchy. It is advised not to scratch despite the sensation to. This is obviously easier said than done. Children especially will tend to scratch the bitten areas with much gusto such that the skin breaks. The same happens to adults. The problem with this is that it provides a window for bacteria to find an entry point and cause an infection known as cellulitis. Often children tend to have dirt under their nails and this is often the source of bacteria that ends up infecting the mosquito bite area. An infected mosquito bite can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as the following:
- The lymph nodes swell
- The redness around the mosquitoes bite becomes wide spread
- Pus or drainage may form
- Red streaking beyond the initial bite
- One may experience chills
- The bitten area is warm to the touch
Treatment for infected mosquitoes bite
For effective treatment of the above symptoms, it is imperative to see a doctor. After examining the infected mosquito bites, the medical practitioner will often prescribe a dose of antibiotics, normally this will be streptococcus or staphylococcus antibiotics to vanquish the infection.
To help manage the discomfort before getting to see the doctor, washing the infected areas with soap and water, and hydrocortisone cream will prove to be helpful as it helps reduce the swelling and itching. It can be bought over the counter
Placing ice packs on the area will help in bringing the inflammation down, as you continue to apply the hydrocortisone medication every four hours. Additionally one can opt to apply calamine lotion which is an anesthesia helping in easing discomfort even further
Benadryl is an oral antihistamine which helps providing relief and can be used in place of topical creams for quicker relief.
The best way to prevent an infection form a mosquito bite is reducing or elimination chances of being bitten in the first place. Staying indoors at dusk and awn is a good starting point as these are the times when mosquitoes are most active. Wearing protective clothing that covers exposed skin is also helpful. Sleeping under a net and applying an effective mosquito repellant makes difficult for mosquitoes to score a bite on you.