Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

Small bite, big threat: Simple ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes

It is advisable to not to scratch a mosquito bite as it can create openings in your skin that can lead to bacterial infection.

mosquito bites, protection from mosquito bites, mosquito bite dengue, mosquito bite monsoon Mosquito bite can result in life-threatening diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, filariasis, and the zika virus. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

They may seem small, but mosquitoes are one of the most fatal creatures that suck blood and transmit virus that can lead to life-threatening diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, zika, Japanese encephalitis and even filariasis. This makes is essential to keep your surroundings mosquito-free, especially during the monsoon season which sees an increase in mosquito-borne diseases.

To help you keep yourself safe from these pesky insects and enjoy the season, Dr Sandeep Patil, chief intensivist and physician, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan suggests a few simple ways.

ALSO READ | Ayurvedic ways to keep mosquitoes away this monsoon


Subscriber Only Stories
Telangana plot accused had twice tried to join terror outfits abroad, sto...Premium
Split on method to name new Supreme Court judges, CJI sends 2nd note to C...Premium
MNREGA worker breaks national record in men’s 35km race walkPremium
Over-reach, will stay out, Election Commission told Supreme Court before ...Premium

Symptoms of a mosquito bite can be seen soon after being bitten. It is characterised by a round, red bump with a mark in the middle which usually causes an itching sensation. Some of the signs of a mosquito bite include:

*Dark spots that resemble bruising
*Small bubble in place of hard bumps

headache, mosquito bites symptom, mosquito bite prevention, mosquito diseases Mosquito bites cab even lead to headaches in some people. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

It has been observed that individuals with weakened immune systems can experience additional symptoms, such as a rash or fever. However, the interesting fact is that symptoms become less critical with additional bites. This is because the body gradually adapts to these bites.

ALSO READ | Zika Fever: Everything you need to know about the mosquito-borne viral disease



Prevention of mosquito bites is often more effective than trying to treat them, given the probable significance of the diseases that can be transmitted if bitten. Here are few preventive measures that can be undertaken to cope with mosquito bites:

  • Stay indoor: Even though mosquitoes can bite during any time of day, it’s prudent to restrict your exposure during their key feeding times, especially in the evening. However, if it is unavoidable to being outdoors at these times of day, ensure to take enough precautions.
    — Cover up your skin when outdoors
    — Ensure you avoid going to areas with heavy vegetation
    — Use insect net/screens on doors and windows to keep them out.
    — Use mosquito repellents
dengue, dengue fever symptoms, dengue fever treatment, indian express Dengue illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Wear long pants and long sleeves when you go outdoors, and avoid bright clothing, perfumes, and scented beauty products. You can opt for long sleeved t-shirts and linen pants, both are a good options during sunny days.
  • Get rid of stagnant water around your home: Clear out any stagnating water to lower the odds of mosquitoes breeding around you and your family.
  • Don’t scratch: It is advisable to not to scratch, but instead leave the bite alone. When you scratch, it creates openings in your skin that allow bacteria in and cause infection.

To relieve the itch and lower your chances of an infection:

*Wash the area with soap and water
*Apply anti-itch cream
*Place an ice pack on the bite
*Apply over-the-counter mosquito repellent


Sticking to these basic tips, accompanied by practical mosquito control strategies, should offer complete protection from mosquito bites.

First published on: 02-09-2019 at 10:24:51 am
Next Story

Punjab: Bhakra level 4-ft below max limit, but officials say need to create space in Pong dam

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments