Am I allergic to mosquitoes? Posted on 8 Mar 07:53
If you're convinced you, or your family members, react more strongly to mosquito bites than other people, you're probably not imagining it.
Most people are sensitive to mosquito saliva to some degree, but those of us who are considered 'allergic' tend to have a more pronounced response.
There is no definitive test for mosquito-saliva allergy -- it is usually diagnosed by observation. But if you suffer any of the following symptoms, you probably have some degree of allergy to mosquito saliva:
- Swelling or welts at the site of bites
- Extreme and persistent itchiness
Localised responses to bites (swelling, itching, blistering, etc) are sometimes called 'Skeeter Syndrome'.
Children are more likely than adults to suffer allergic reactions to mosquito bites because they haven't had as much opportunity to build up immunity. That said, an allergy can develop suddenly at any age.
If you are concerned about the seriousness of your (or your children's) reaction to mosquito bites, please see a doctor. In rare cases, a mosquito-saliva allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that results in swelling in the throat and wheezing.