May 18, 2011 6:24 PM
It's summer -- time to enjoy the outdoors! But we're not the only ones. Bugs like mosquitoes thrive in the warmer weather, too. And that means more chances of itchy mosquito bites.
Try these methods for itch relief:
Your best bet is avoiding a bite to start with. It may be impossible to prevent all mosquito bites, but there are ways to reduce your risk.
Mosquito bites can be an itchy nuisance. But mosquitoes also can carry illness.
In other areas of the world, mosquitoes transmit malaria and Dengue fever. In the United States, mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus. For about 80% of people who are infected, this virus causes no symptoms. But in some people, West Nile virus can cause severe illness and even death. Those more at risk for getting sick from West Nile virus are people aged 50 and older.
In mild cases, symptoms may include:
Serious symptoms require a doctor's care. They include:
Symptoms usually occur three days to two weeks after a bite from an infected mosquito. If you notice any severe symptoms, see your doctor right away. You can usually treat less severe symptoms, such as a mild fever or headache, at home.
Mosquito bites can be a pain, but with a little planning you don't have to let them ruin your time outdoors.