It is the season of mosquitoes, again and we all know how terrible it is to fight a losing fight. The always-annoying little pests seem to feast on our blood every summer. They bite us wherever they can thus leaving us with terrible symptoms like irritation long after the sting. If you have wondered what are signs behind the mosquito bite, you have come to the right place.
The Signs Behind the Mosquito Bite
Female mosquitoes use specialized sense organs to hone in on the best spot on your body to probe for their blood meal. She uses these substances called lactic acid sugars on the surface on your skin. These are the indicators that show where is she most likely to strike for blood.
When the female mosquito lands on you she spits on the place of the skin where she wants to bite in order to numb the area where she will insert her thin, sharp needles to search for blood. However, to find a blood vessel in her first attempt can prove to be very difficult for the mosquito.
What she does is move her needle around the skin tissue searching for the ideal place to tap into the blood source. As soon as she finds a blood vessel she injects saliva to prevent clotting and to keep the blood flowing. Afterwards she uses a special pumping system to suck blood cells up her feeding tube. This system is actually so powerful that it can cause the blood vessels to collapse during a blood meal.
She will continue to feed until the belly is full, or until you are the one to see her and slap her. A female mosquito can take in two to three times her body weight in blood in a single feeding.
The Itchy Bump You Get After a Mosquito Bite
This itchy bump is caused by our body’s immune response to mosquito saliva which is an allergen. During an allergic reaction the immune system releases fluid cells in the side of the bide to destroy the substance, thus resulting in swelling and itching. If you are wondering why some bites are bigger and itchier, it is possible that the mosquito had to move her needle more to find a vessel, which means that there is more saliva over a great area.
A lot of these are very difficult to detect, and by the time you feel that you have been bitten you are already scratching.
All the Signs Signs of Mosquito Bites Are:
- A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite
- A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Dark spots that look like bruises
Sometimes they can also trigger:
- A large area of swelling and redness
- Low-grade fever
- Swollen lymph nodes
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite at Home
If you are wondering how to treat this bite at home and to reduce the swelling and inflammation, there are several things that can help you with this. Let’s just mention some of them:
- Crushed Ice
- Aloe Vera
- Baking Soda
Good luck in treating the bite. Just bear in mind that if he mosquito bite seems to be associated with more serious warning signs like fever, headaches, body aches, and signs of infection, please contact your doctor.