Mosquito Bites

Friday, August 12, 2016

While theres a lot to love about being outside on summer evenings, one of the downsides is pesky mosquitoes and their bites. Along with those itchy bumps, though, some mosquitoes can spread diseases with their bite. Dr. Edward Hill discusses mosquito bites in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after mosquitoes use their mouthparts to puncture your skin and feed on your blood.

The bump left after a mosquito bite usually clears up on its own in a few days. Occasionally a mosquito bite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. This type of reaction, most common in children, is sometimes referred to as skeeter syndrome.

Bites from mosquitoes carry certain viruses or parasites that can cause severe illness. Infected mosquitoes in many parts of the world transmit West Nile virus to humans. Other mosquito-borne infections include yellow fever, malaria and some types of brain infection.

Mosquito bite signs include:

A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite

A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps

Small blisters instead of hard bumps, and

Dark spots that look like bruises

If mosquito bites seem to be associated with more-serious warning signs such as fever, headache, body aches and signs of infection contact your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.