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Mosquitoes: How to Fight the Bite

 

 

Mosquitoes are very active this time of year, especially in this hot, humid weather Oklahoma has been having recently. There are many preventative ways you can try to help manage mosquitoes, but at times it seems nearly impossible to keep from getting bitten.

Here are some ways to prevent you and your child from getting mosquito bites:

  • Bug repellant that contains DEET is the best option to keep mosquitoes from direct contact with your skin. DEET covers our scent, making it hard for mosquitoes (and ticks) to find us. Apply either spray-on or towelettes to all exposed skin. (Note: There have been concerns raised about the usage of DEET directly on skin, especially to young children and pregnant women. Talk to your doctor for more information.)
  • The less-exposed skin, the better. Long sleeves, pants, and socks will help keep mosquitoes off of you. 
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to the aromas and oils of our skin, so citronella torches and candles won’t repel them unless the smoke is directly between you and the mosquito. Mosquito repelling plants are much more useful. Crush a leaf from the plant and rub the oils on exposed skin to repel mosquitoes in the same way that our bodies attract them.
  • Mosquitoes tend to be most active in the late afternoon or evening as it gets darker and the winds calm down. To prevent bites, plan your time outdoors when mosquitoes are less active.

Mosquito bites are very common, and generally, not dangerous, unless you have an allergic reaction to them. However, the constant itching and red bumps on the skin are very irritating, and can lead to infection if not treated properly.

Here are some treatment options for mosquito bites for you or your child:

  • Ice the affected area to greatly decrease the swelling and irritation, and to relieve any itching or stinging.
  • Soak in a cool bath without soap to help relieve the bite, and to help clean the area to prevent infection.
  • Apply calamine ointment or some kind of anti-itch cream to the area after cleaning for itch-relief.
  • Avoid scratching the affected area. This may be especially difficult for children, but itching the bite may create an opening in the skin, which will increase chance of infection, lengthen recovery time, and may leave a scar. 

 

If an allergic reaction occurs after receiving a mosquito bite, talk to your doctor to get proper treatment. Severe allergic reactions require immediate attention from a medical provider.