The mosquito which belongs to the fly family may be tiny in size but can cause serious illnesses. If an ailment is caused by the insect, then the condition of the patient can get severe, and in some cases, it could even lead to death.
Only female mosquito bites as they need blood to produce eggs. Once bitten the person can experience irritation, and itchiness, area of the bite will turn red, and elevated, and bumps too can occur. However, in some cases, a person can experience severe symptoms like allergy, such as anaphylaxis. In this allergy the immune system release chemicals that could put one into shock. Also, it’s rare for this to develop at the site of the infection of the bite.
Patients can take preventive steps to avoid skin infections at the site of the bite. This includes:
In India, we see also a lot of infections that are transmitted by mosquitoes some of these are malaria, dengue, chikungunya, zika, and west nile virus. Some others like yellow fever are fortunately not seen in our country. All these vector-borne diseases can have a severe form of infections that can be fatal.
When one gets infected with any of these diseases, they show signs and symptoms like fever, headache, chills, body aches, vomiting, abdominal pain, and occasionally even seizures.
Unfortunately, not everyone will realize that they have been bitten by a mosquito, especially in the rainy season. Hence, if one has persistent symptoms then they should consult a doctor as in some cases even hospitalization might be needed.
While it is common for almost everyone to get bitten by a mosquito, few people are more prone to it, compared to others. This is due to medical reasons or certain situations.
In order to prevent being infected with vector-borne disease, one needs to take adequate precautions.
The only way one can avoid any mosquito bites and infection is through preparation and prevention.
Director Internal Medicine