Mosquito Bites - About the Bite
Red, itchy, bumpy, uncomfortable…
At some point in time, everyone has experienced the itchy discomfort of a mosquito bite. It is common for many people to experience significant allergic reactions to mosquito bites whereby the bump grows to an alarming size and burns or itches excessively.
Ever wonder why skin reacts to mosquito bites in that way?
After she has bitten you, some saliva remains in the wound. Proteins from her saliva evoke an immune response from your body causing the injured area to swell. Hence, it is the mosquito’s saliva that causes the itch. The swelling goes away in about two days but the itch stays until your immune cells break down the saliva protein.
The first time a child is bitten, there is usually no reaction in the skin. It is with the second and third bites that itchy, red bumps begin to appear. It has also been found that with repeated mosquito bites, many people become insensitive to them, similar to the non-effect or mild effect of allergens on someone who has had allergy shots.
Learn some tricks about treating your itchy or painful mosquito bites.