Ask the Nurse; What can I do about mosquito bites & how can I prevent them?

July 1, 2021

Risk: Female mosquitos target some people over others. It may be due to carbon dioxide emissions from the body, body odor, body heat, and movement.

Prevention: The EPA recommends the use of screens or netting when outside.

  1. cover skin when outdoors.
  2. Avoid wooded & grassy areas.
  3. Avoid bright clothing, perfumes & scented body products.
  4. Use repellants with deet, picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus in them.

Remember, mosquitos need water to breed. Avoid standing water.

The most common conditions from mosquito bites are: West Nile Virus which may cause flu like symptoms or may show no symptoms at all & Zika Virus which develops into fever, joint pain, rash & muscle soreness. Mosquitos also carry other serious medical conditions such as Malaria.

Always seek medical attention if you suspect a reaction to an insect bite as it could possibly become serious.

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