May 16, 2014

news-mosquitoes-treat-prevent-bites-home-health-care-nursingFor many families, warmer weather means spending more time outdoors. However, did you know it also marks the beginning of mosquito season?

Mosquitoes are most active from May through October, which means you’re more likely to be bitten by these pesky little critters during this time.

While most mosquito bites are harmless and only result in minor itching and scratching, there have been a few rare cases where bites have led to more serious diseases including West Nile and Dengue Fever.

To help keep you and your loved ones safe from mosquitoes, our Corpus Christi nursing team shares these simple tips:

  • Avoid areas with standing water such as pools, ponds or puddles.
  • Empty buckets that have standing water in them.
  • Wear protective clothing such as loose fitting long sleeves and pants. Ensure the clothing is made of a lightweight material so you don’t become too hot.
  • Use a protective/repellent spray that contains DEET on all exposed skin.
  • Use a tent when you’re camping or sleeping outside.
  • Place mosquito netting over the top of your child’s infant seat when you’re outside.

If you are bitten by a mosquito, you can relieve some of the itchiness by applying hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion on the bite.

Holding a cold pack or baggie filled with crushed ice against the affected area will also provide some relief.

If you experience a strong reaction to a bite, an antihistamine such as Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, Claritin or Zyrtec may ease the body’s response.

For more information about preventing mosquito bites, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.