What are Mosquito Bites?
Mosquito bites are relatively common but don’t tend to cause many problems in the EU. However, in some parts of the world, they can pass on several serious diseases, like malaria.
Small red lumps may appear at the site of the bite, accompanied by itching. In some cases, these lumps may form into blisters filled with fluid.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, such as a headache, fever, nausea and vomiting after being bitten by a mosquito, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.
What Causes Mosquito Bites?
Female mosquitoes require blood to develop and lay their eggs, while male mosquitoes feed mainly on nectar from flowers. They do not bite people.
Although on their own, mosquito bites can be a nuisance, causing itches and blisters, they can become a vector of severe illnesses if they feed on animals that carry diseases. These diseases can then be passed on to humans when the mosquitoes bite.
It is possible to contract severe conditions like malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis and West Nile virus from these mosquitoes.
Although it's not clear why mosquitoes prefer certain types of people over others, some types of people are known to attract them:
- People drinking alcohol
- Pregnant women
- Overweight and obese people
- Those with type O blood
Treating Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bites, while generally not posing a serious health threat, can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Many over-the-counter creams are available to relieve the itching and inflammation associated with mosquito bites.
Suppose you recently visited an area with a high prevalence of mosquito-borne diseases and experienced any concerning symptoms or infections due to a bite. In that case, it is vital to see a doctor.
The type of disease transmitted by the mosquito bite or your allergic reaction determines the treatment.
If a mosquito has bitten you and you have any concerning symptoms, it is essential to speak to a doctor as soon as possible. You can do this via an online consultation for quick and convenient access to medical advice.
Our doctors can examine the affected area, diagnose your issue and prescribe medication to help treat your condition if necessary.
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