Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that form on the skin after mosquitoes feed on your blood. Mosquitoes are insects that have a special mouthpart (proboscis) that can pierce the skin and suck blood. As they do so, they inject saliva into the skin, which causes an immune system reaction. This reaction results in swelling, redness and itching. Some people may have more severe reactions to mosquito bites, such as fever, hives or infection.
What are the signs and symptoms of Mosquito Bites?
Some of the signs and symptoms of mosquito bites are:
- A puffy and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite
- A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps that appear a day or so after the bite or bites
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Dark spots that look like bruises
- A large area of swelling and redness
- Low-grade fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
These symptoms may vary depending on the person’s immune system reaction and the type of mosquito that bites them. Some people may have more severe reactions than others, especially children and people with immune system disorders.
What treatments are available at the dermatologist for Mosquito Bites?
Some of the treatments that are available at the dermatologist for mosquito bites are:
- Topical corticosteroids: These are creams or ointments that contain steroids that can reduce inflammation and itching. They are usually prescribed for severe or persistent reactions, or for people who have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis that can worsen with mosquito bites.
- Oral antihistamines: These are pills that block the effects of histamines, which are chemicals that cause itching and swelling. They can help relieve the symptoms of mosquito bites, especially if taken before exposure to mosquitoes.
- Oral corticosteroids: These are pills that contain steroids that can suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation. They are usually prescribed for very severe or widespread reactions, or for people who have a history of anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction) to mosquito bites.
- Allergy shots: These are injections that contain small amounts of mosquito saliva or other allergens that can trigger an immune response. They are given over a period of time to gradually desensitize the body to the allergens and reduce the severity of future reactions.
FAQ About Mosquito Bites
What are the complications of mosquito bites?
Mosquito bites can cause complications such as infection, scarring, and disease transmission.
How long do mosquito bites last?
The duration of mosquito bites depends on several factors, such as the person’s immune system reaction, the type of mosquito that bites them, and the treatments they use.
Is there a dermatologist near me in Richmond that offers treatment for Mosquito Bites?
Yes. At our Richmond dermatology office we offer treatment for Mosquito Bites to patients from Richmond and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.