Home Remedies For Skeeter Syndrome

Skeeter syndrome is an allergic reaction that occurs around a mosquito bite, that is caused by allergenic polypeptides in mosquito saliva, which means it’s not contagious. Do note that this is not the same as the normal irritable and itchy result of a mosquito bite, but an actual allergic reaction.  The resulting condition cannot actually be diagnosed by a clinical examination alone, as the clinician is not able to tell distinguish the difference between an infection response and skeeter syndrome.  However, skeeter syndrome symptoms will develop over several hours, instead of several days like most infection caused symptoms, such as in cellulitis.  Testing for chemical elements in mosquito saliva, however, can be done with success.  The condition generally fades 1-3 days after the bite.

 

What are the symptoms of skeeter syndrome?

  • Swelling and itchiness at bite area.
  • A red lump will appear on the bite.
  • Swelling and large bumps may appear in other areas on the body other than just the bite.
  • Bruises or blisters may appear.
  • In some rare but serious cases, angioedema and anaphylaxis may occur.
  • Instances of asthma may occur.
  • With excessive scratching, infections may occur.

How can I treat and prevent skeeter syndrome?

  • If you know that you have had allergic reactions to mosquito bites before, taking a dose of certirizine hydrochloride tablets each day, especially during spring and summer seasons when mosquitoes are most present, can help deal with any allergic reactions from mosquito bites.
  • Any other measures you can follow to keep mosquitoes away instead of having to fight an allergic reaction are also ideal, from proven aromatherapy solutions that keep mosquitoes at a distance (citronella, lavender and juniper berry have effective essential oils for this purpose) to anything else on the market may be a good investment.
  • For direct treatment, antihistamines and corticosteroids are very common treatments.
  • Most people who suffer from these allergic reactions, often feel that any creams that get applied directly to the affected areas often just make things worse because of the extra irritation from the contact and application. However, some do find hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion helpful.

 

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