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Mosquito bite like hives: Hives (Urticaria): Causes, Treatment and Prevention

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Is this your child’s symptom?

  • An itchy rash made up of raised pink bumps
  • Most often, rash is very itchy
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Symptoms of Hives

  • Raised pink bumps with pale centers (welts)
  • Hives look like mosquito bites
  • Sizes of hives vary from ½ inch (12 mm) to several inches (cm) across
  • Shapes and location of hives can be different. They can also change often.
  • Itchy rash

Causes of Widespread Hives

  • Viral Infection. The most common cause of hives all over the body is viral infections. Research has confirmed this. Other symptoms such as a fever, cough or diarrhea are also present. The hives may last 3 days. This is not an allergy.
  • Bacterial Infection. Some bacterial infections can also cause hives. A common example is Strep. Hives are also seen with bladder infections. (UTIs)
  • Drug Reaction. An example is a penicillin rash. Most rashes that start while taking an antibiotic are viral rashes. Allergy tests are normal 90% of the time. Only 10% turn out to be a drug allergy.
  • Food Reaction. May be an allergy or a coincidence. If the food is a high risk one (such as peanuts), consult an allergist. Hives from foods usually resolve in 6 hours. Hives from infections last for days. Only 3% of hives are due to a food.
  • Bee Sting. Widespread hives after a sting may be part of a serious allergic reaction. Need to consult an allergist.
  • Anaphylactic Reaction (Very Serious). The sudden onset of hives with trouble breathing or swallowing. This is a severe allergic reaction to an allergic food or drug. Most often begins within 30 minutes of swallowing the substance. Always within 2 hours of exposure.
  • Unknown. Over 30% of the time, the cause of hives is not found.

Causes of Localized Hives

  • Irritants. Hives just in one spot are usually due to skin contact with an irritant. They are not an allergy.
  • Plants. Many plants cause skin reactions. Sap from evergreens can cause local hives.
  • Pollen. Playing in the grass can cause hives on exposed skin.
  • Pet Saliva. Some people get hives where a dog or cat has licked them.
  • Food. Some children get hives if a food is rubbed on the skin. An example could be a fresh fruit. Some babies get hives around their mouth from drooling a new food.
  • Insect Bite. Local hives are a reaction to the insect’s saliva. Can be very large without being an allergy.
  • Bee Sting. This is a reaction to the bee’s venom. Can be very large without being an allergy.
  • Localized hives are not caused by drugs, infections or swallowed foods. These get into the bloodstream and cause widespread hives.

When to Call for Hives

Call 911 Now

  • Hives and life-threatening allergic reaction to similar substance in the past and exposure less than 2 hours ago
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Hoarse voice or cough start all of a sudden
  • Trouble swallowing, drooling or slurred speech start all of a sudden
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Hives start after eating a high-risk food. High-risk foods include nuts, fish, shellfish, or eggs.
  • Hives started after taking a prescription medicine
  • Age less than 1 year with hives all over
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Hives started after taking an over-the-counter medicine
  • Severe hives (such as eyes swollen shut or very itchy)
  • Fever or joint swelling is present
  • Stomach pain or vomiting
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

  • Hives make it hard to go to school or do other normal activities. Note: taking Benadryl for 24 hours has not helped.
  • Food could be the cause
  • Had hives 3 or more times in past year with no known cause
  • Hives last more than 1 week
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Hives with no other problems

Call 911 Now

  • Hives and life-threatening allergic reaction to similar substance in the past and exposure less than 2 hours ago
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Hoarse voice or cough start all of a sudden
  • Trouble swallowing, drooling or slurred speech start all of a sudden
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Hives start after eating a high-risk food. High-risk foods include nuts, fish, shellfish, or eggs.
  • Hives started after taking a prescription medicine
  • Age less than 1 year with hives all over
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Hives started after taking an over-the-counter medicine
  • Severe hives (such as eyes swollen shut or very itchy)
  • Fever or joint swelling is present
  • Stomach pain or vomiting
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

  • Hives make it hard to go to school or do other normal activities. Note: taking Benadryl for 24 hours has not helped.
  • Food could be the cause
  • Had hives 3 or more times in past year with no known cause
  • Hives last more than 1 week
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Hives with no other problems

Care Advice for Hives

  1. Hives Only on One Part of the Body – What You Should Know:
    • Most are caused by skin contact with an irritant. Examples are plants, pollen, food or pet
    • Localized hives are not caused by drugs, infections or swallowed foods. They are also not an allergy.
    • Wash the allergic substance off the skin with soap and water.
    • If itchy, use a cold pack for 20 minutes. You can also rub the hives with an ice cube for 10 minutes.
    • Hives just on one part of the body should go away on their own. They don’t need Benadryl.
    • They should go away in a few hours.
  2. Hives All Over the Body – What You Should Know:
    • Over 10% of children get hives 1 or more times.
    • Most widespread hives are caused by a viral infection. This is not due to an allergy. Less than 10% are an allergic reaction to a food, drug, or insect bite. Often, the cause is not found.
    • Here is some care advice that should help.
  3. Benadryl for Hives All Over the Body:
    • Give Benadryl 4 times per day for hives all over that itch. No prescription is needed.
    • If you only have another allergy medicine at home (but not Benadryl), use that.
    • Continue the Benadryl 4 times per day until the hives are gone for 12 hours.
    • Caution: Do not use if age is under 1 year. Reason: Benadryl is a sedative. Give your doctor a call for advice.
  4. Hives Caused by Foods:
    • Foods can cause widespread hives.
    • Sometimes, the hives are just around the mouth.
    • Hives from foods usually last just a short time. They often are gone in less than 6 hours.
  5. Cool Bath for Itching:
    • To help with the itching, give a cool bath. Do this for 10 minutes. Caution: Avoid causing a chill.
    • Can also rub very itchy spots with an ice cube for 10 minutes.
  6. Wash Allergens Off Body:
    • Give a bath or shower if caused by pollens or animal contact.
    • Change clothes.
  7. Stay Away from Allergens:
    • If you know what is causing the hives, avoid this substance. An example is certain foods.
    • Help your child stay away from this allergen in the future.
  8. Return to School:
    • Hives cannot be spread to others.
    • Your child can go back to school once feeling better. The hives shouldn’t keep him from normal activities.
    • For hives from an infection, can go back after the fever is gone. Your child should feel well enough to join in normal activities.
  9. What to Expect:
    • Hives all over from a viral illness normally come and go.
    • They may last for 3 or 4 days. Then, they go away.
    • Most children get hives once.
  10. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Severe hives not better after 2 doses of Benadryl
    • Itch not better after 24 hours on Benadryl
    • Hives last more than 1 week
    • You think your child needs to be seen
    • Your child becomes worse

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the ‘Call Your Doctor’ symptoms.

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Symptoms, Causes and Remedies for Hives on Baby

Your baby’s skin is smooth and soft, and smells addictively delicious. But it’s also pretty sensitive, so at some point or another, he might get exposed to an irritant that triggers hives.

Baby hives can sometimes look alarming, and they can make your little one uncomfortable. So what should you be doing to help his skin calm down — and keep it protected in the future? Here’s everything you need to know about baby hives, including when to call the doctor.

What are baby hives?

Hives are a common skin condition marked by red, raised bumps. They often look like mosquito bites, but they can also be blotchy. And they can form anywhere on your baby’s body: Hives may cluster in one area, but they’re just as likely to occur all over. The bumps sometimes come and go within a few hours, but hives can also linger for weeks or even longer.

A mild case of hives might not bother your baby. But they can cause itching or irritation. And occasionally, they’re accompanied by more serious symptoms that call for medical attention.

What are the symptoms of baby hives?

How do you know the red, mosquito-bite-like bumps on your baby’s skin are hives and not something else? Hives often have a pale center and tend to form in clusters. And their location, shape and size can all change over the course of a few hours, even getting as large as a clock you’d hang on the wall.

Hives aren’t always uncomfortable. But they can itch or sting, as well as cause puffiness, swelling or redness. They can sometimes occur with nausea, vomiting or stomach discomfort too.

It’s also possible (though rare) for a baby with hives to go into anaphylactic shock — a life-threatening condition marked by trouble breathing or even losing consciousness.

What causes hives on a baby?

Hives are one of the body’s responses to an allergic or inflammatory reaction. When mast cells sense something irritating, they release the chemical histamine. That causes blood vessels under the skin to leak, creating those telltale red bumps.

The tricky thing is that there are a lot of irritants that can trigger baby hives. Some of the most common culprits include:

  • Foods, especially allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, egg whites, milk, shellfish or sesame, as well as fruit

  • Other allergens, like pollen or pets

  • Viral infections

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medications

  • Bee stings or insect bites

  • Exposure to the sun or cold

  • Scratching

  • Contact with chemicals

Because they have so many different causes, figuring out the culprit behind your baby’s hives isn’t always easy. (In fact, around half of cases don’t have an identifiable cause.) One clue that can help? Hives tend to form within a few minutes to two hours after exposure to the offending irritant. When your baby gets them, thinking about the substances he’s recently been exposed to could give you an idea of where the hives came from.

For hives that keep showing up, keeping a log of your baby’s symptoms can also help you uncover the cause.

Remedies for hives

A mild case of hives will go away on its own, usually within a few days (and sometimes within a few hours). And if your baby isn’t bothered by them, treatment isn’t needed. For babies over 6 months, an antihistamine may be a good option for helping your little one feel better faster. Just be sure to call the pediatrician first to figure out the right dose based on your baby’s age, weight and height.

If your sweetie is too young for antihistamines or you’d prefer to treat his hives without medications, you’ve still got some good options:

  • Cool compresses. Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply directly to the hives to soothe itching and discomfort.

  • A lukewarm oatmeal bath. Sprinkle colloidal oatmeal into your baby’s tub to relieve itching, but keep baths to 10 minutes or less.  

  • Trim your baby’s nails or put on baby mittens. Both can help prevent scratching, which causes hives to get irritated.

  • Comfortable clothes. Loose cotton duds are less likely to irritate hives than outfits that are tight-fitting or itchy.  

  • Minimal heat or cold exposure. If your child is sensitive to the heat, try to stay out of the sun and use air conditioning. If cold air seems to be an issue, use a humidifier inside and dress him in warm layers when you go out.

What should you do about baby hives on the face?

Hives on your baby’s face might look particularly concerning. As long as they aren’t accompanied by lip or mouth swelling, though, you can treat them just like hives that appear on other parts of his body. But if you do notice any swelling around his mouth or lips, you should call 911 immediately, since that could be a sign of anaphylaxis.

When should you call the doctor if your baby has hives?

Contact your baby’s pediatrician if you suspect that the hives were caused by an insect bite or sting, from eating a certain food, or taking a certain medication. These can be signs that your baby has an allergy, and it’s possible that he could have a worse reaction next time. His doctor can help you figure out next steps to keep him safe, like referring him for allergy testing.

You should also call the doctor if your baby’s hives or itching get worse instead of better or if he develops other symptoms in addition to the hives. And if you gave your baby an antihistamine, get in touch if it doesn’t seem to be working.

Finally, call 911 right away if your baby’s hives are accompanied by serious symptoms like trouble breathing or swallowing, mouth or lip swelling, or nausea or vomiting. These can all be signs of anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening.

Hives are a common baby woe that can leave your little one itchy or uncomfortable. The good news is that they’re easy to manage at home most of the time and they tend to go away fairly quickly. But if you have any concerns — even if the hives seem mild — give your baby’s pediatrician a call. There’s never any harm in getting some extra peace of mind.

How To Identify Mosquito Bites, Tick Bites, Spider Bites, And More

As creepy as they can be, interacting with bugs is a part of life, whether you’re hanging at home or spending time outside. Unfortunately, some of those insects may decide to bite you at some point. Next thing you know? You’re Googling mosquito bite pictures to figure out what little critter got ya.

But short of actually seeing a bug chomp on you, it can be hard to tell what bit you. “Generally, it is very difficult to impossible to tell the difference between bites caused by different blood-feeding insects and ticks,” says Ben Hottel, technical services manager at Orkin. “To confirm what has bitten you, you will need to see what bit you in the first place.” People also react differently to bug bites and—cool fact—some people have no reaction, Hottel says.

If you happen to have signs of a bug bite and it’s causing uncomfortable symptoms, call your doctor—you may be having an allergic reaction or an infection, and both need treatment, says board-certified dermatologist Ife J. Rodney, MD, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics in Fulton, Maryland.

While it’s impossible to know for sure what bit you, you can still get a pretty solid idea of what kind of insect was behind your bug bite by analyzing the aftermath. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common bugs that could bite you, plus what kind of symptoms you might have.

Mosquito bite

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What it looks like: Most mosquito bites appear as red bumps, according to Hari Nadiminti, MD, chair of dermatology at Summit Medical Group in New Jersey. It may be white and puffy or firm and red, depending on how long it’s been since the bite.

What it feels like: A mosquito bite can feel hard and itchy, Nadiminti says. You may also have some swelling around the bite. Luckily, most symptoms go away within three to four days.

Tick bite

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What it looks like: “A lot of times, you may still see the tick attached to the skin,” making it easy to ID what’s behind the bump, Dr. Rodney says. Once the tick is gone, though, you may see a little red bump at the site.

What it feels like: A tick bite can be itchy. Luckily, that doesn’t last long—Dr. Rodney says it should stop within a few days. Call your doctor if you notice a rash or a bulls-eye mark around the site—it’s often a sign of a tickborne illness, and you’ll need treatment for it.

Spider bite

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What it looks like: Spider bites can actually look a little different from other bug bites, thanks to a key feature: They leave two puncture marks, says Nancy Troyano, PhD, board certified entomologist for Western Exterminator.

What it feels like: It usually depends on what bit you, but Dr. Rodney says that the bites can be “very painful.” “Widow spiders will cause pain at the bite area and the pain will spread as the venom spreads through the body,” Hottel says. “Recluse spider bites cause localized pain at the site of the bite and can lead to lesions on the skin.” If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a spider, call your doctor.

Bed bug bite

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What it looks like: These are actually pretty easy to spot because bed bites bite in a line. “Bed bugs will bite you in one spot, walk a couple of centimeters, and bite you again,” Dr. Rodney says.

What it feels like: These bites are pretty itchy, and may have some swelling around them like a mosquito bite, Troyano says.

Flea bite

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What it looks like: Flea bites can look like little red bumps, usually on your legs, Dr. Rodney says. In this case, it’s a good idea to think about what you’ve been doing lately, like if you were recently volunteering at an animal hospital.

What it feels like: These bites tend to be “very itchy,” Troyano says.

Fly bite

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What it looks like: Not all flies bite but some, like horse and deer flies, do. These can look like a red bump, Troyano says.

What it feels like: You’ll usually notice when you’re bitten by a fly, Troyano says, pointing out that it can be a “painful bite” that can “draw visible blood.”

Sand fly bite

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What it looks like: Female sand flies feed on blood, and they bite areas where your skin is exposed, like your feet, legs, ears, eyelids, nose, and lips, Troyano says. Usually they bite more than once and you’ll often see small red welts.

What it feels like: When sand flies bite, Troyano says you’ll feel a “sharp, prickling sensation with each bite.” After that, they’ll be itchy.

Chigger bite

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What it looks like: Chiggers are mites that don’t feast on human blood—they prefer the skin, Hottel says. “Chigger bites are common around the ankle areas,” he says, and can look like a lot of little bumps.

What it feels like: Uncomfortable. “The digestive compounds they inject into our skin can be very irritating and itchy,” Hottel says.

Fire ant bite

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What it looks like: Not all ants bite or sting, but fire ants definitely do. These stings can look like red welts or rashes, Troyano says. They may also become fluid-filled blisters.

What it feels like: The sting will usually burn at first, and then become itchy, Dr. Rodney says.

Bee sting

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What it looks like: You’ll usually develop a red bump and swelling where you were stung within a few minutes after the attack, Dr. Rodney says. You may even still see the stinger in your skin (you’ll want to remove that ASAP).

What it feels like: You’ll probably notice in the moment if you’ve been stung, with Troyano saying you will probably feel a “sharp pain” when it all goes down. The area may also feel warm afterward. If you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, like swelling or trouble breathing, seek care immediately.

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90,000 Mosquito bite allergy: where to go and what to do

In social networks, residents of the Urals complain that children are bitten by mosquitoes. Moreover, the bite sites turn red, swell and itch appears. Karlgash Dustaeva, Deputy Director for Strategic Development of the Regional Multidisciplinary Children’s Hospital, told in what cases the alarm should be sounded.

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Karlgash Dustaeva told how to escape from mosquito bites and how to deal with allergic reactions after insect bites.

– Today, the issue of insect allergy in children to mosquito bites is urgent. An allergic reaction manifests itself in the form of swelling, redness and itching, but not everyone gets it. It is most common in children who are prone to allergies. It is necessary to sound the alarm and call an ambulance in cases where a mosquito has bitten, for example, in the eye area, so that doctors can see if the cornea is damaged. And so mostly mosquito bites happen on open parts of the body, on the arms and legs of children.Today in the admission department of the regional children’s multidisciplinary hospital of the total number of applicants, 90% are children with insect allergies. Doctors accept them, examine them, but in fact there is no need for medical help, – said Karlgash Dustaeva.

She also noted that in case of allergic reactions to insect bites, antihistamines are prescribed for two to three days.

– As a rule, antihistamines in drops are prescribed for small children, those that are older – in tablets.Buy drugs that you can afford (fenistil, diazolin, loratal, suprastin). Also in the complex, you can use a gel (fenistil), which is applied to bites to relieve itching. Meanwhile, areas of redness from bites can be treated with a non-concentrated saline solution, this will also reduce the itching, – Karlgash Dustaeva explained.

According to the deputy director of the children’s hospital, any pediatrician or allergist can make appointments after mosquito bites.

– Babies are the most vulnerable to insect bites, therefore it is recommended to use mosquito sprays, but they only need to be sprayed on things, Karlgash Dustaeva noted.- There are also folk methods of saving from insects: a little vanillin is added to the baby cream, then the exposed parts of the body are smeared with it, this will also save you from mosquito bites.

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90,000 mosquito bite, mosquito allergy

Mosquitoes are perhaps the most common and annoying insect in the summer. They spare neither infants nor experienced elders. After a mosquito bite, a red, itchy bump remains on the skin. These bites do not bring any particular inconvenience. After a few hours or a couple of days, not a trace of a mosquito bite will remain. But have we ever wondered how dangerous this bite can be.

This article has collected various cases of mosquito bites, which led to serious consequences.Perhaps the material described below will make you think about the dangers posed by mosquitoes, and will lead to the search for means and methods of protection against blood-sucking insects.

And so, let’s start …

In the very process of a mosquito bite, there is not any particular danger to a person, if this very individual does not have an allergy to the biological juices of an insect, which he injects into a person at the time of the bite.

The so-called mosquito saliva contains protein compounds for pain relief and anticoagulant structures that prevent blood from clotting at the time of a meal.Nature has taken care of her creations, and has provided mosquitoes with everything they need to feed quickly and without hindrance. But just these substances provoke severe swelling, itching and redness at the site of the bite. Because mosquito protein is foreign to humans, the immune system starts processes to eliminate this protein from the body in the shortest possible time.

But a person with a heightened immune system may experience an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite. It can manifest as severe swelling or rash, like hives.Several mosquito bites can even lead to anaphylactic shock and death. But such cases are extremely rare. People who are allergic to mosquito bites should be especially careful to protect themselves during the warm season and always have mosquito repellents on hand.

You should also remember about protective equipment against mosquitoes if you are going on outdoor recreation with children. Their bodies are still weak and cannot resist mosquito bites.An allergic reaction can also occur in a child who, up to this point, has not had negative consequences from mosquito bites. Be careful. If the child has been bitten by mosquitoes, you should immediately treat the wounds with special ointments from mosquito bites, which are sold not only in pharmacies, but also in regular stores.

90,000 Allergy to mosquito bites – Sibmeda – Sibmeda

The steady warm weather and the weakening of the self-isolation regime are conducive to going out of town and walking in the fresh air.But there is only one side effect – mosquitoes and midges. Can they be considered a harmless, albeit unpleasant “side effect” or are they really dangerous? We will ask a specialist.

The questions were answered by Elena Tselueva, pediatrician of the clinic “AllergoCity”, allergist-immunologist, candidate of medical sciences.

What are allergies?

As the doctor said, the prevalence of allergy to bites of non-stinging insects, which include mosquitoes and midges, in different regions of Russia ranges from 5.9% to 17.4%.On average, the frequency of occurrence of allergy to mosquito bites in the general structure of allergic diseases is 14%.

There is a normal and allergic reaction to mosquito bites. A normal reaction includes hyperemia at the site of the bite, moderate edema (up to 5 cm, up to a maximum of 10 cm in diameter), accompanied by itching. Symptoms subside, as a rule, after 2-3 days.

As for the allergic reaction to the bites of blood-sucking insects, it can be local and general.

A local allergic reaction manifests itself in the form of a pronounced edema of tissues at the site of the bite (more than 10 cm in diameter), pronounced hyperemia, edema at the site of the bite can persist for up to several days, and sometimes more than a week. The wound in this case hurts, itches very much, becomes warm or hot to the touch, and a rash may appear at the site of the bite.

But the general symptoms of an allergic reaction with a bite of blood-sucking insects require special attention and are an indication for seeking medical help.

These include: fever, chills, generalized rash like urticaria, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, bronchospasm, dry mouth.

Dangerous symptoms of a general allergic reaction, which may indicate the development of anaphylactic shock, and require immediate medical attention:

edema, redness, itching spread throughout the body beyond the bite – they bit the leg, and the face began to swell;

dizziness, nausea, and vomiting;

sharp hoarseness of the voice;

difficulty breathing

dizziness and a feeling of fainting.

What to do?

The “gold standard” of medical care for anaphylactic shock is the administration of adrenaline in a dosage calculated according to the weight and age of the victim.

“Unfortunately, auto-injector pens, with the help of which you can independently administer a pre-calculated dose of the drug to the patient, are not found in our pharmacy network. Qualified medical care, in this case, can only be provided by a medical worker “, – explains Elena Aleksandrovna

It is important to know that an allergic reaction to the bites of blood-sucking insects can develop from one bite, up to severe forms.

It is clear that an increase in the number of bites will only exacerbate the situation. Therefore, in the presence of an allergic reaction of this type, it is better either to take an antihistamine in advance, or, which is most expedient, to take them on an ongoing basis during the season of activity of blood-sucking insects.

Anyone with an allergic reaction to mosquito bites should always have the emergency supplies recommended by their doctor on hand.You also need to try to avoid places where blood-sucking insects accumulate, and use repellents adequately.

In any case, it is better to rinse the bite site with cold water; in case of severe edema, you can apply cold for 10-15 minutes. It is possible to take an antihistamine even in the absence of an allergic reaction, especially with a large number of bites. Local use of antihistamines, antipruritic agents is possible. If there is a doctor’s recommendation, local application of a hormonal cream is possible.