Skeeter Syndrome

Usually consisting of fever and inflammation, Skeeter Syndrome is a localized reaction caused by allergenic polypeptides, which are found in a mosquito’s saliva. The reaction usually progresses in a span of hours and they are usually characterized by swelling and lumping of the mosquito bite.

In rare cases, patients may undergo angioedema or rapid swelling of the skin and anaphylaxis, which is a serious case of allergic reaction that may lead to death if not treated. In severe cases, hospital admission and administration of corticosteroids and anti-histamines are needed.

Children are more vulnerable to this kind of reaction since their immunity is comparatively low. The best way to manage it is to prevent it from happening. It is highly recommended to use mosquito repellents with DEET or keep medicines against allergies especially when visiting areas infested with mosquitoes. It is also best to consult physicians in case symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, skin blistering, or swelling are observed.


This serious allergic reaction has several symptoms that range from low blood pressure to throat swelling. Rather than itchiness, most patients describe a burning sensation instead. Traditionally, allergy shots from mosquito-extract are given to patients to reduce severe reactions.

Uticaria and Angioedema

Popularly known as hives, uticaria and the swelling that occurs with it called angioedema may last for about six weeks for acute cases or more than six weeks for chronic cases. The main treatment for this condition involves administering antihistamines in oral forms. In various cases, corticosteroids and epinephrine shots may be needed.

Asthma Symptoms

Among the most common symptoms to this reaction include coughing, wheezing, and tightness of the chest. As an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, the lining of the airways becomes narrow and constricted. Common treatment includes immunotherapy and avoidance of the source of allergy.

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