Skeeter Syndrome: Mosquito Bite Allergy Symptoms & Solutions

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What to Know About “Skeeter Syndrome”—The Mosquito Bite Allergy

Have you experienced an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite? For most people, a mosquito bite is itchy and uncomfortable. But some people suffer from Skeeter Syndrome, a condition that involves a severe inflammatory reaction to mosquito bites that can linger for several days.

Research indicates that 70 to 90 percent of people with a mosquito allergy have an immediate reaction to a bite, while 55 to 65 percent have a delayed allergic reaction that may lead to blistering lesions, hives, joint swelling, and fever. Though it’s rare, some people with Skeeter Syndrome can have potentially life-threatening symptoms. Learn the signs of a mosquito bite allergy, and explore the steps you can take to mitigate them.

Mosquito Bite Allergy Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a mosquito bite allergy include:

  • Painful bites that feel warm to the touch
  • Large areas of itching
  • Blisters and lesions
  • Bruises near the bite site
  • Inflammation of the lymph system
  • Hives, welts, or swelling near the bite

Can you develop an allergy to mosquito bites? It’s possible to develop Skeeter Syndrome suddenly, even if you have not previously experienced adverse reactions to bites. The reason for developing the allergy is unknown, but it has been linked to an autoimmune reaction to enzymes in the mosquito’s saliva.

How to Treat Severe Mosquito Allergy

Suffering a life-threatening reaction to a mosquito bite is rare. However, a more severe allergy may lead to anaphylaxis, a condition characterized by throat swelling, faintness, and wheezing. If you think you’re experiencing anaphylaxis, it’s important to seek emergency medical attention immediately.

For other severe mosquito allergy symptoms like hives, lesions, fever, and inflammation, your doctor may recommend the following treatments:

  • Ice applied to the affected area
  • Topical steroids
  • Prescription oral steroids like Prednisone
  • Oral antihistamines, including Zyrtec, Allegra, or Xyzal

Does allergy medicine work for mosquito bites? Sometimes. While over-the-counter medications may ease allergic reactions to mosquito bites, it’s important to get a treatment plan from a professional if you’re experiencing a severe mosquito allergy. Consulting your primary care physician, and likely getting a referral to an allergist, is your best course of action.

Related Topic: Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites

What Else Can You Do About Hypersensitivity to Mosquito Bites?

Like any allergy, the best way to minimize risk is to avoid exposure. One way to mitigate the risk of a mosquito bite reaction is to take a proactive approach. Wear protective, light-colored clothing when outside and spend most of your outdoor time in a backyard screened enclosure. However, if you would rather enjoy the outdoors without limitations, use mosquito repellants, remove potential mosquito breeding areas and habitats from your property, and contact your local pest control pros at Mosquito Joe.

Mosquito Joe offers pest control services that are designed to help you enjoy more time outdoors, including a natural barrier spray or a permanent misting system that can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes and other pests. To learn more, call us at 1.855.275.2563 or visit us online today!