Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore If You’ve Been Bitten by a Mosquito

Mosquitoes are tiny and difficult to spot as they fly around your home. However, you know they are there as they always fly past your ear making a high-pitched whine. That’s also when you know they’re getting ready to bite.

It’s only the female mosquitoes that bite. They need the blood before they can lay their eggs. 

Perhaps the funniest thing is that you won’t usually feel a mosquito bite, if they didn’t whine as they flew you would probably never know they were there until your bite started to itch.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes are known to carry an array of unsavory diseases. Not all mosquitoes will bite and not all will carry these diseases. But, if the one that bit you is carrying disease you need to know what symptoms to look out for.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have the details of your local pest control expert. If you seem to have a lot of mosquitoes around they can help eliminate them. 

The Symptoms To Be Concerned About

It’s usually around 12-24 hours after you’ve been bitten that the area will go red and become itchy. Cream can soothe the itch and it should feel better within 24 hours. 

But, if you start to notice the following symptoms within 3-7 days of being bitten you should seek medical advice.

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Extreme Tiredness

These are common symptoms that are often overlooked as they can be caused by a multitude of different issues.

But, if they are combined with any of the following it’s imperative you seek urgent medical help. Again, it could be nothing serious but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

  • Rash, severe joint pain, and swelling indicate Chikungunya
  • Back pain, body aches, and nausea suggest West Nile Virus
  • Lethargy, stiff neck, and confusion point to Arborviral Encephalitides
  • Chills, sweating with low body temp, and general discomfort suggest malaria
  • Eye pain, muscle and joint pain, and occasionally bleeding gums is an indication of Dengue fever
  • Red eyes, sensitivity to light, nausea, chills, and back pain can confirm Yellow fever

It’s difficult to confirm if you have anything serious or not at home. You must seek professional help to resolve the issue.

Preventative Steps

The best approach is to take precautions to prevent you from being bitten by mosquitoes.

Your first line of defense is the local exterminators. They can check your house and garden to confirm if mosquitoes are present and what is attracting them. This will help you to eliminate things like standing water, deterring the mosquitoes.

It’s also a good idea to use protective creams and sprays when you’re outside of your home. These deter the mosquitoes from landing on you. 

Alongside this mosquito traps can be used to attract any mosquitoes. They are sucked into a chamber that is sealed. The mosquito will dehydrate and die within 24 hours.