Mosquito Bites

What are Mosquito Bites?

Mosquito bites are the ultimate annoyance of being outdoors. In many less-developed countries, and among people with underlying health problems, mosquito bites can cause a severe allergic reaction requiring swift medical attention. In 2016, mosquito bites made the news worldwide as awareness of the Zika Virus was raised as a possible pending epidemic spreading across the globe.

Mosquitoes can also transmit other illnesses through their bites. Those can include:

What are the Symptoms of Mosquito Bites?

Mosquito bites appear as soft pink and sometimes red bumps on skin which can become significantly itchy within a short period of time.

How are Mosquito Bites Treated?

Mosquito bites for most people will clear up in a relatively short period of time. Anyone who could potentially have an allergic reaction to a bite should seek immediate medical intervention. This is particularly important if traveling in a country where advisory notices may have been issued regarding mosquito-borne illnesses.

There are many remedies available to relieve the itching symptoms of mosquito bites. Some people have relied on hairspray to stop the itching. If the bites stay for an unusually long period of time, it could be sign of something more serious.

Prevention will be the most important factor in keeping mosquito bites from happening. Protect yourself and your family using proper repellent. Where the necessary protective clothing especially if you are going to be outdoors in areas where mosquitoes may be.

Last Reviewed:
September 21, 2016
Last Updated:
August 31, 2017