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Mosquito Bites can be Fatal

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.

How to avoid skin Infection at the site of bite?

Patients can take preventive steps to avoid skin infections at the site of the bite. This includes:

  • Avoid the urge to scratch as it may cause skin abrasion 
  • Apply ice packs on and off the infected area. But do not apply it continuously. This will help to bring down the inflation
  • Use soothing lotion like calamine, it will help to reduce the itching
  • If the skin infection is severe then one can use anti allergies
  • Clean the area with soap and water

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.


Read More: 5 Common Monsoon Diseases and Prevention Tips

Mosquitoes attract to:

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.

  • If one is wearing dark-coloured clothes like black
  • Mosquito finds certain blood group more desirable than others. People with blood type O are bitten more over other blood groups, as this group secrete certain chemicals which attract mosquitos 
  • Sweat & heat also causes body odor which attracts mosquito
  • Pregnant women are prone to a bite

How to prevent mosquito bites?

In order to prevent being infected with vector-borne disease, one needs to take adequate precautions.

  • Apply insect repellent on the body. There are some sprays too that can be applied on clothes or even bedding
  • Avoid wearing dark-colored clothes
  • Install mosquito nets to prevent them from entering the house/office. Also, put up nets around the bedding
  • Keep the environment clean and avoid storing water, as it might become a breeding spot for these insects
  • Avoid going outdoors during dusk and dawn


The only way one can avoid any mosquito bites and infection is through preparation and prevention.


Watch: Mosquito Bites in Monsoon




Dr. Anita Mathew

Director Internal Medicine

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