What is Skeeter Syndrome?
It is an allergic reaction, which occurs due to mosquito bites. It is mostly followed by inflammation and fever, in some cases. The severe condition arises due to allergenic polypeptides that are rife in the mosquito saliva. Which also means it is not contagious and happens only when an infected mosquito bites you.
What happens in case of the Skeeter Syndrome is that it advances in a matter of few hours. It is quite contrary to cellulitis that worsens in several days. When suspecting Skeeter Syndrome, it is important to take into account the patient’s health history.
It is important to note that IgG and IgE contribute to mosquito allergy and mostly, the diagnosis is made with the help of immuno-sorbent assay that identifies IgE and IgG levels and sets them against mosquito saliva antigens.
What Are The Symptoms Of Allergic Reaction To Mosquito Bites?
In case you have an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, then you are suffering from ‘Skeeter syndrome’. It is not so common and has been found to affect those individuals who have a history of allergies.
The symptoms of the Skeeter Syndrome are:
- Excessive swelling around the bite
- A red lump can be seen as the result of itching.
- More bumps appear and swelling increases
- In some cases, there is bruising and in extreme cases, blistering
- Anaphylaxis and angioedema have been noted in some cases
- Asthma develops, again, rarely
- If a patient scratches continuously, it may lead to infection
How To Deal With Mosquito Bites Allergy
Mostly, treatment of the Skeeter Syndrome starts with giving the patient oral anti-histamines and corticosteroids. These bring down the pain, discomfort, burning and itching to significant levels, thus causing relief to the patient. They also help put a check on blistering and bring down the symptoms of asthma, too.
However, it is important to note that in case of anaphylaxis, a patient needs to be admitted to a hospital. It is advisable to take Cetirizine hydrochloride during summers to tackle with mosquito bites and the reactions it can cause.
In fact, aromatherapy is also effective and recommended since it is a natural way and has no side effects. Many essential oils like lavender, juniper berry and citronella are considered therapeutic and can be put to use without much trouble.
All you need to do is light an aroma lamp and use the essential oil of your choice. You can also consider adding a drop of lavender or juniper berry essential oil to your daily moisturizer to keep the mosquitoes away.
Prevention Is The Key
It is very rightly said that prevention is better than cure. Make sure to use mosquito repellents that use DEET. They are very effective against mosquito bites.
It has been noticed that children are more likely to fall prey to Skeeter Syndrome, as their immune systems are not so good. Therefore, extra care must be taken to ensure that they are safe against mosquito bite.
Always keep an anti-allergy medicine handy when expecting mosquitoes. And lastly, make sure you visit a doctor if you have symptoms like breathlessness, blistering, or swelling in some body part.