What It Means To Be Allergic To Mosquitoes


By Josie Huffman, Reporter

When certain people get bitten by mosquitoes there can be severe symptoms. This allergy is called skeeter syndrome. Male mosquitoes only feed on nectar and water, however, female mosquitoes are always on the hunt for blood.

People that have this syndrome can experience inflammation and fever. It is caused by allergenic polypeptides in a mosquitoes saliva making the area where they were bitten swell and become irritated. It is not contagious because it is only spread by the mosquito. However, it is still very annoying and bothersome.

Mosquitoes pick their targets by scent and the chemicals in a persons sweat. It has also been found that mosquitoes are more attracted to people with the blood type (O) than (A) or (B) blood.

Mosquitoes are also attracted to heat; pregnant women; people who have high amounts of lactic acid, uric acid, and ammonia; along with others.

If you experience large swelling of the mosquito bite, bruising, rashes, lesions, or things related to theses symptoms you might be a victim of skeeter syndrome.

If you experience more extreme symptoms such as, wheezing, throat swelling, nausea, muscle weakness, or high fever you should receive medical attention as soon as possible.

You can prevent these bites from worsening by applying calamine lotion to it to help ease the itch. You could also apply a cool item to it such as, ice or a cold pack.