Mosquito Bite Infections

Can too many mosquito bites make you sick?

Generally speaking, you can’t become ill from too many mosquito bites directly. However, if you have many mosquito bites and scratch them frequently, you are at a high risk of developing an infection. Diseases can also be transferred from mosquitoes and these pose a huge health risk as some are incurable. Many of the infections that come from mosquito bites simply don’t come from just the bite. For starters, many infections that come from a bug bite actually come from the patient scratching the wound until it breaks and opens, allowing bacteria and infection to thrive.

This mosquito bite is swelling from an allergic reaction

See, many toddlers and young children will get a mosquito bite playing around in the mud and dirt. Since their skin is allergic to the compounds in the mosquito’s saliva, they will get a red bump that itches. Most children don’t comprehend that itching mosquito bites one too many times ¬†will cause the sore to break open and bleed, opening the door for infection and bacteria to enter. Scratching mosquito bites will cause infection!

Infections from bug bites

If you start showing symptoms or your bug bite starts swelling uncontrollably, you need to see a professional doctor immediately as you may have contracted a disease such as malaria or West Nile Virus. These are terrible diseases and need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid any future problems.

Mosquito welts are just mosquito bites on a person who is highly allergic to the anti-coagulant compound that the mosquito injects while drinking their blood. Since they are highly allergic, their body fights against this compound and tries to clean up the mess the mosquito made by increasing blood flow and producing a welt. To get rid of a mosquito welt, follow the same steps and procedure you would take with any bug bite, but pay special extra attention to the welt since it may be infected and require medical treatment. If the welt starts to grow, or gets really red or blue, visit your local doctor as soon as possible.

Generally a mosquito bite will start itching around 2 minutes after a host is bitten. Since this about the time it takes for blood to circulate to the heart and around the brain and back down to the bite, sometimes it can start itching immediately depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Some bites take up to hours for an allergic reaction to occur. Physical activity will reduce the time it takes for the itching to start since your heart will be beating faster.

Draw a circle around your mosquito bite

Use a pen to draw a circle around bug bites to see infection growth

 

One small trick you can do is to draw a circle with a ballpoint pen around your mosquito bite, or any bug bite for that matter. Just draw around the redness and check it again in 12 hours. If the redness has moved past the circle that you drew, then the infection is getting stronger and you are in trouble. However, if the redness has shrank and is decreasing in size, then your mosquito bite is healing and will soon be gone!

Infection is a major cause of death and sickness from mosquitoes. When the bug bites are scratched, especially with fingernails, the wound on the skin is broken open and the barrier between the blood and the outside is terminated. Outside parasites and bacteria may enter from your fingernail, finger, or other outside source that comes in contact with the wound. If you get bit by a mosquito, draw a circle around the redness as soon as it reacts.

Mosquito bites can turn from being a small scratch to being a painful infected area to being the starting site of malaria. Be careful when you are around areas that contain a large population of mosquitoes and take the proper precautions. There is a big difference between an infection and a disease. Usually, a disease is longer-term and has harsher symptoms such as vomiting, headaches and soreness while infections are less painful and lasting, but still as serious.