Why do I get a bump when I’m bitten by a mosquito?
The female mosquito bites with her mouth and the saliva
released causes the body’s immune system to react often
causing itching, redness, warmth in a localized area of the
body. One mosquito can bite multiple times.
How do I prevent mosquito bites?
The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to use insect
repellent if outside at dawn or dusk. Insect repellents with
30 percent DEET are the most effective. Also avoid wear
strong smelling perfumes, soap, shampoo and deodorant that
may attract mosquitos. Wear long sleeve and long pants,
light colored clothing and avoid stagnant water which can be
a breeding ground for mosquitos.
How to apply insect repellent?
Insect repellent should be applied in a light layer covering
exposed skin including face and may be sprayed on top of
clothing. Do not spray directly to the face, spray repellent
in hands apply thin film to face, then wash your hands. Make
sure you spray in a well-ventilated area. Wash off body with
soap and water when repellent is no longer needed.
4. What if I am using insect repellent and sunscreen, how
do I apply?
If sunscreen and insect repellent are both used, use
sunscreen first, then apply insect repellent on top.
5. How often do I need to re-apply?
Reapplication is only necessary after swimming, sweating
excessively or washing off insect repellent.
6. Are there any natural insect repellent?
Some people may use oil of eucalyptus, citronella candles,
botanical oils with cinnamon, peppermint, basil, sandalwood,
lemongrass or lavender. These are not as effective as DEET
and may offer limited protection.
Are they any other ways to protect if going camping or
Yes, some hikers will treat their clothing in permethrin-soaked
8. Do mosquitos carry any disease?
Mosquitos can carry diseases in the U.S. such as West Nile
virus, zika, St. Louis Encephalitis and have been known to
cause Eastern Equine Encephalitis among other illnesses.
Check with the local health department.
9. How area mosquito bites treated?
Mosquito bites are usually treated with an oral
antihistamine, such as Benadryl, cool damp wash cloth and
Hydrocortisone 1% may relieve itching.
Why do I get a bump when stung by a bee?
Bees use the stinger to inject a venom using causing a sharp
painful area of redness, warmth and swelling in a localized
area. Some people can be allergic to bee venom it could
cause a severe reaction.
What should I do if I am stung by a bee?
Remove the stinger immediately, apply ice pack or cold moist
towel. Motrin is often used for pain. An antihistamine such
as Benadryl is often used for itching.
3. Are bee stings dangerous?
Bee stings can an allergic reaction in some people. They may
develop symptoms such as generalized hives, stomach cramps,
vomiting, diarrhea, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty
breathing hoarse voice, light headed or dizziness. Call
4. How do I know if I am allergic to bee stings?
If you previously had an allergic reaction to a bee sting,
allergy testing can be done.