How to spot a reaction to mosquito bites

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We’ve talked a lot about mosquitoes this summer, but there may be more to that small red itchy bump you get, after one bites you.

For some people, mosquito bites can just be annoyingly itchy, but for others, it could pose an extreme risk. One doctor says if the irritation starts to spread or increase in size, you may be having an allergic reaction. If you have swelling or shortness of breath, you could be in trouble.

“But certain cases or more rare cases, you can get a prolonged reaction to it. Some patients or people develop into anaphylaxis which is a reaction, a kind of generalized reaction, and sometimes you can get shortness of breath and that’s when you need to go to the ER,” said Dr. Fahad Khemani.

He says the best way to avoid mosquitoes is to stay inside when you can and to use bug repellent with DEET. If you are having an allergic reaction, the doctor says you should take Benadryl or an antihistamine. If the reaction continues, then you should go to an emergency room.

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