Let’s talk mosquitoes! Did you know that on June 30, 2015 it was reported that the West Nile Virus was found in a mosquito in the New Dorp Beach area of Staten Island? Yes it’s true. Now, more than ever, it’s important to understand mosquito bites, why scratching them too much can be dangerous and why the key is preventing them in the first place.
We all have had that one mosquito bite – or ten – that itched so bad and we scratched it so hard, until our skin broke open, that felt soo good, right ? Well, when the skin breaks it starts to bleed, and you run the risk of an infection called cellulitis, which may require antibiotics. Possible allergic reactions to mosquito bites can occur as well. Almost everyone is allergic to mosquito bites. The surrounding area of the bite swells and blisters can sometimes appear.
Here’s what we suggest to prevent mosquitoes from biting you, put on long pants and a long sleeve shirt, close all your windows and doors and stay in the house all summer, unrealistic? Probably! Let’s try this instead; when we have a rainy summer season, like we did at the start of this summer, the mosquito population increases. They love stagnant water – that is their place to breed. Water is everywhere and even small amounts of it can draw mosquitoes. Let’s start by observing where water can be and let’s get rid of it. All and any standing water must go ! Here are some places to look. Have a garbage pail cover upside down in your back yard ? Or is there water sitting overnight in a plastic kiddie pool or how about right on the top of your patio table?! This will help cut down mosquitoes in your area . Remember to partner up with your neighbor since they may have water sitting around too. Any mosquitoes that hatch in your neighbors yard are just as likely to bite you and your family. Live near a swamp, a pond or a car wash? – well then , ummm good luck!
Preventing mosquitoes indoors -at the start of the season have your window screens repaired if they have small holes in them, this is an inexpensive, small measure that has the largest impact of mosquitoes coming into your home. Love being outdoors ? Use insect repellents to keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay. There are several types of mosquito repellents available on the market. You should also spray the repellent on your clothes. In the case of mosquito bites, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Do you have mosquito bites and just aren’t sure if they need medical evaluation? Here’s a list of symptoms to look out for and when it may be necessary to come in to our office. And remember, symptoms can show up anywhere from two days to two weeks after a mosquito bite.
Fever, rash, nausea, cold sweats, weakness, body aches, and swelling/redness around the bite area.
Have other symptoms not listed that you are concerned about? Come in for a quick Physical Exam, At EG Healthcare we provide Primary Care for not only your mosquito bite concerns, but all your medical needs. We also provide Pediatric Care for your little ones. Give us a call at (718) 698-6700 to schedule an appointment, or visits us online for your Urgent Care needs at www.egmedicalcare.com Walk-ins are always welcome!