Mosquitoes are horrible, blood sucking little creatures that spend their time spreading illness and disease. Mosquitoes are best known for causing malaria, an illness that kills thousands of people across the world every year. However, they can also cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain), West Nile fever, Dengue fever, and yellow fever, all of which are lethal illnesses. Mosquitoes occur all over the world, although the disease carrying versions seem to be more common in the Third World. However, many people travel to these countries, exposing themselves to the risk of mosquito bites.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
There are a number of things you need to do in order to avoid mosquito bites. First of all, you need to ensure your body is well covered up, paying particular attention to your wrists, neck and ankles. All too often, people will wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers, only to find a ring of bites around their ankles the next morning. Also, there are a number of mosquito repelling products that you can use. Mosquitoes have an aversion to citronella (oil of lemons) and it can be very useful to use products that contain citronella both on your body and around you. For instance, you can burn citronella spirals to keep the mosquitoes at bay. These products exist without any harsh chemicals if you prefer to use greener options. Remember that mosquitoes come out mainly at night and that they like to hover around moist areas. Hence, take particular care at night and make sure you are particularly watchful around stale and stagnant water. Also always make sure you sleep with a mosquito net. Lastly, if you travel to an area where it is recommended to take anti malaria tablets, make sure you do so.
Recognizing a Mosquito Bite
If you do get bitten, you need to first be able to identify that it is actually a mosquito bite. Generally, a mosquito bite is a bite that initially appears as being quite clear, or white. However, it will turn red within a very short space of time, particularly if you scratch it. Mosquito bite swelling is very common and it is likely that the area around the bite is significantly raised.
How to Treat Mosquito Bites
If you have been bitten, it is important for you to learn to treat mosquito bites. Not scratching them is very important because this can cause bleeding and scarring, as well as opening yourself up to potential infections. One thing that does work to stop the immediate itching is to use your nails to put a cross in the bite itself. You could also buy a bite pen, which is an effective treatment for mosquito bites. However, many people are more interested in natural mosquito bite treatment, because we no longer want to expose ourselves to nasty chemicals. Some natural remedies for mosquito bites include:
• Rubbing the bite with soap
• Rubbing the bite with a banana peel
• Applying an ice pack to the bite
• Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the bite
• Swab tea tree and lavender oil on the bite
• Cut up some onion and rub this on the bite
• Soothe with some toothpaste
Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done in terms of preventing the deadly diseases that mosquitoes can spread after a bite. This is why it is so important to take your anti malaria medication as instructed, for the period of time that you have bee n instructed.