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Treatment of skeeter syndrome

Skeeter syndrome is an allergic reaction that is caused by polypeptides that are found in the saliva of mosquitoes and a reaction is rare and non-contagious. People with a history of allergic reactions are prone to this disease.

The condition is characterized by inflammation and low grade fever caused by compounds that are present in the saliva of mosquitoes known as polypeptides. The symptoms develop soon after sustaining a mosquito bite.

What are the symptoms of Skeeter Syndrome?

Skeeter syndrome

Swelling and development of large bumps on other areas of the body

  • A red lump will develop on the affected area
  • There is itchiness and swelling
  • There is bruising and blisters
  • Swelling and development of large bumps on other areas of the body
  • Sometimes, angioedema and anaphylaxis will develop such as swelling of the lips, eyelids and the face.
  • Risk of infection caused by excessive scratching

If the following symptoms are present, there is possibility that the individual has skeeter syndrome.

Causes of Skeeter syndrome

The bites are delivered by the female mosquito that feeds on the blood. They possess a mouthpart used to pierce skin and siphon off the blood while the male mosquito does not have this blood-sucking ability. As the biting mosquito fills its body with blood, it injects saliva into the skin. Proteins that are found in the saliva of mosquito will start a mild immune system reaction that will cause itchiness and bumps.

Treatment and home remedies of skeeter syndrome-

  • Take anti-histamines and corticosteroids in order to lessen the symptoms, minimize itching and burning sensations and also reduces development of blisters to other areas of the body.
  • Apply aloe Vera gel to help lessen the symptoms of itching and inflammation since it possesses mild antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • People suffering from skeeter syndrome should take antihistamine medications for a long period particular during the summer and rainy season in order to prevent episodes of the syndrome.
  • People with a history of mosquito bite allergy should avoid going to places where mosquitoes are abundant.
  • Children are more susceptible to skeeter syndrome since their immunity is not yet developed. It is recommended to utilize a repellent in order to prevent mosquito bites and children should wear long sleeve clothes, especially children with allergic reaction to mosquito bites.
  • Aromatherapy is helpful in preventing skeeter syndrome which is effective in repelling mosquitoes. Use a light aroma lamp and place lavender oil, citronella, and juniper oil in the dispenser. The fumes that are released from the lamp will keep mosquitoes away.

Preventing skeeter syndrome

If an individual experiences allergic reactions previously from mosquito bites, he/she should take an antihistamine.

Utilize an aroma lamp that contains essential oils and use the fumes in repelling mosquitoes as well as adding fragrance to the room.

Maintain cleanliness at home and stay healthy by taking food supplements or vitamins in order to prevent skeeter syndrome.

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