Mosquitoes – Can You Be Allergic To Their
We all read about the West Nile
Virus breakout this summer in Texas, 43 people died and 510 cases of
neuroinvasive West Nile, considered the most serious form of the illness
were recorded. We were real careful when we were in Dallas.
Thankfully the majority people bitten never get sick on in these extreme
cases die. They just itch and scratch like crazy for a few hours. Turns out
some people are actually allergic to mosquito’s bites. Their immune system
is reacting to the proteins in the mosquito’s saliva just like other peoples
do to pollen, molds and pet dander.
Reactions can include skin blisters, hives, bruising and swelling that can
last more than a week. In rare situations, some people may experience
anaphylaxis or worsening of asthma symptoms after being bitten being bitten
We live in South Florida and love to be outside so we are not going to let
the mosquitoes stop us. We just take certain steps to limit their ability to
munch on us. Even if you are not allergic to mosquitoes, it’s still not good
to let them chew on you.
Don’t stay outside at dusk because that is
when they are the most active.
Wear long sleeve shirts, pants and tennis
shoes when outside especially when doing yard work. We get attacked when
ever we start to trim the bushes. Less skin means fewer places for them
While we are not fans of insect repellent
you do need to use it. By wearing protective clothing you don’t have to
get as much n your skin. Spray it on your clothes, hands and neck.
Don’t wear cologne or perfumes. It
Dump the standing water. We get water in
flower pots, buckets, bird baths, trash cans, toys, etc. If you capture
rain water for irrigation use a closed system that keep the mosquitoes
from being able to lay their eggs.
Mosquitoes are pretty much
everywhere and you will end up getting bitten. They key is to limit how many
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store