When to call the Doctor to Treat Mosquito Bites

In the vast majority of cases, mosquito bites are merely an uncomfortable nuisance. You can usually treat the itching and discomfort at home. By applying Bite Helper™ to the wounds you will get quick relief from the itching and uncomfortable irritation. Otherwise, it's a good idea to rinse the infected area with soap and water, apply an ice pack and use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream. An over-the-counter antihistamine will also help.

When Mosquito Bites Cause Severe Symptoms Medical Help

Some people have severe allergic reactions to mosquito bites. Mosquitoes are also responsible for a number of serious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, especially in areas of the world such as Africa and parts of South America. Mosquitoes have been known to spread the West Nile virus in the United States. The mosquito-caused Zika virus has been gradually invading the U.S. Most cases of West Nile and Zika virus are mild; however, Zika can be dangerous to newborns who have been infected via transmission from their pregnant or nursing mothers.

According to WebMD.com, If the following symptoms occur as the result of a mosquito bite, you should seek help from a medical provider:

  • High fever
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision loss
  • Neck stiffness
  • Disorientation or stupor
  • Tremors, convulsions, numbness, paralysis

Severe symptoms usually do not occur immediately; they generally will be present from three days to two weeks after you’re bitten by an infected mosquito. If you notice severe symptoms, call the doctor immediately.

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