But this new breed of mosquitoes - wow, I've never been this sensitive before! According to Los Angeles County, we're experiencing "Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes," but the good news is that they're not disease carrying.
However, it turns out that it's possible to be allergic to mosquito bites. Or more specifically, mosquito saliva. Apparently human blood is too thick for mosquitoes to just suck up, so they inject their saliva at the bite site to thin the blood, and it's the saliva that causes these intense reactions my body is having.
I decided against pictures to illustrate my point, but let me describe my symptoms: swelling, redness, hardness, heat, blisters, and oozing.
The best approach is prevention, i.e., not getting bitten. Strategies include:
- Covering up (I've given up sandals and taken to wearing my boys' Under Armour socks with tennis shoes, and full-length pants)
- Ensuring that there's air circulating around (if I'm going to be sitting for a while, I bring this USB-rechargeable fan, which I absolutely adore)
- Using repellent (I've opted for this spray, which has worked well so far)
- A hot spoon pressed against the site (it really works!)
- Benadryl Itch-Relief stick and spray (the stick is more convenient, but the spray covers more area and has a bit of a cooling effect)
- Ice packs
- Hydrocortisone cream or ointment
- Oral allergy medication (I think this might be more of a placebo effect, but I do feel less itchy after taking a Claritin)
Do you have any tips for coping with mosquito bites?
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