Mosquito Bites

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It has arrived! Mosquito season. The other evening the kids were outside and Nick got attacked by mosquitos. They LOVE him. His brother they hate. I put bug repellant on Nick but forgot his face. 3 huge welts on his forehead in a few minutes he looked like Herman Munster, 1 by his eye.

Do your allergic kids react this way to mosquito bites? I've gotten bitten by mosquitos but never had a reaction like Nick did. I don't even put bug spray on Luke, non PA, he has never even gotten bitten. Both kids are outside as long as possible every day. It took 2 days for the welts to go away on Nick. Kim

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On May 31, 2001

Well, myself and my mom, and I'm pretty sure my brothers too, all get welts from mosquito bites that spread if we scratch. I play with them and scratch them into streaks. LOL I know...I'm weird. hehe Whether this is considered being allergic to mosquito bites or not, I honestly don't know. I always thought everybody got welts from mosquito bites...

oh, and the mosquitos truly adore me and my mom as well. Don't seem to care a whole lot for the male blood in our family, but us females make a tasty treat, I guess! We've tried bug repellents, citronella candles, coils, and even plants, bug zappers, and I don't know what all else. None of it does us any good. We still get eaten alive.

On May 31, 2001

double post. sorry. it had said "internal error" and I thought that meant it wasn't going to post...

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On May 31, 2001

Jacob and I react the same to mosquito bites. They begin as small little bumps and swell into huge welts. At the last count Jacob had at least twenty on both legs. They also take several days to go away. However, Aaron (non PA) does get those nasty bited but his doesn't swell....hmmm?

On May 31, 2001

My daughter is the same. There can be 20 people in a room and one mosquito and it will find my daughter. Swelling itching bruising for a week. It is really bad!

------------------ Karalot

On May 31, 2001

Adam's younger brother is the same. His welts can last 2-3 weeks, and tend to get quite firm and hard once the redness disappears

On May 31, 2001

My allergist prescribed Temovate gel for my mosquito bites. If you put it on a bite within the first ten minutes or so, it prevents the secondary reaction, which is that hard red swelling that lasts a couple weeks. I don't know if kids can use it. But it has certainly been a lifesaver for me.

Amy

On Jun 1, 2001

My daughter's eye swelled shut from some kind of bite. My son's mosquito bites swell up into welts as do mine. The other day he got a bite that didn't swell up. I think it was because of one of 2 things. He is currently on a fairly large dose of vitamin C, which lowers the histamine levels in the blood. I also put calamine lotion on it fairly soon after, so he wasn't scratching at it as much. So whichever it was, it didn't swell up this time.

On Jun 1, 2001

My older non-PA son is the best mosquito repellent in the world. Keep him around and nobody else will be touched. They eat him alive, and the bites swell and turn all sorts of weird colors. One time they got his foot, and he couldn't wear shoes for a week.

Amy

On Jun 1, 2001

My PA son gets eaten alive by mosquitos. They bite my daughter but just don't leave much of a mark (she has no allergies). As soon as my son gets bitten they swell up pretty big and look like hives but usually go back down with a "bite stick" we use.

My father-in-law also has allergies and gets eaten alive.

On Jun 1, 2001

Mosquitos don't really bite me that much, thankfully. However, flies seem to see me as some sort of kamikaze target! I get them flying straight for me constantly!

Eva gets bitten a lot though, and although she has no allergies, she too comes up in the big hives.

On Jun 1, 2001

Wow. Never thought I'd be thinking about the state bird of MN after we moved! LOL!!

Mosquitos definitely regard me as fine fine dining... and I swell up like a pufferfish. (I'm the one without the food allergies in my family, BTW) I seem to have allergies to a lot of insect venoms, though..... spiders, bees, wasps, you name it. A black fly bit at the fair two years ago left a small scar by my eye.

DH isn't really bothered by the little buggers, and they don't seem to like our daughter much either..... hmmmm. Guess who got unlucky in THAT genetic draw, huh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I like topical benadryl for the bites, myself, but anything containing menthol applied topically feels great too.

On Jun 1, 2001

My PA daughter gets huge welts from mosquito bites, too. They swell up really big and cover quite a big area, and there is this little 'center' to it (it's hard to describe). My PD recommended Benadryl Cream for the bites to take away the itching and reduce the swelling.

Triciasmom -- be careful with the Temovate Gel on your child. It is a very strong cortisone cream. I have severe eczema on my hands and my dermatologist told me to not use it anywhere else, as the skin is more sensitive than the hands. Hope this helps! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] !

On Jun 1, 2001

At the request of my mosquito eaten daughter, I research why some people get bitten more than others. All I could find was - your carbon dioxide out-put and the level of lactic acid your body puts off.

------------------ Karalot

On Jun 1, 2001

Linda-Jo

Thanks for the heads-up about temovate. I don't use it for Patricia. (Actually, I don't think she has even ever had a mosquito bite) But yes, I assumed that it was too strong for kids anyway.

I get dinnerplate-sized welts that last weeks if I get bitten and don't get the temovate on in time. And then, if I get a lot of bites that swell badly, I start feeling sick, feverish and very itchy.

And unfortunately I am allergic to the DEET repellents. And the citronella and clove oil repellents are kind of hit or miss. So I try to avoid mosquito-infested areas. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so there aren't too many problems unless you go up into the mountains in the summer.

Amy

On Jun 1, 2001

I was at Costco the other day and they were selling some sort of mosquito repellant watch which gives off a sound or something that the mosquitos can't tolerate. The package said the watch was profiled on some Nightline type show. I intended to remember the web-site listed on the box so that I culd post it here, but my memory is so bad that I forgot how bad my memory is and that I surely would not remember it. Anyone seen this "watch"? C&N's Mom Alisa

On Jun 5, 2001

Karalot, So how do we rid our bodies of carbon dioxide and lactic acid?? Mosquitos are going to be in abundance in our area this year because of all the rain Yipee!!!! Kim

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On Aug 5, 2002

With West Nile Virus all over, what mosquito repellant is safe?

What repellant is everyone using?

On Aug 6, 2002

I find that the Off Skintastic works very well. If using the kids' version, I think you have to re-apply it more frequently. I used it when we were camping a few weeks ago, and my two year old did not get one single bite.

I, on the other hand.....

Karen

On Aug 6, 2002

I have next to no reaction to mosquito bites. My husband on the other hand has red itchy bumps for days. I always suspected that it had to do with the length of time my ancestors had been in North America. My husband's parents are straight from Europe, whereas my ancestors came here as early as 1660 and as late as 1900, (that doesn't count the possibility of aboriginal ancestors.)

As for my children---my definitely NOT PA daughter has her father's reaction and my PA son seems to have my tolerance for the little devils.

It's funny, after dealing for years with my son't PA, the West Nile Virus doesn't scare me.

On Aug 6, 2002

My son (PA/TNA) is covered in bites. He counted 54 - just on his legs last week! Mosquitoes just love him. At one point, when he was 2, some of the bites swelled to 2.5 inches in diameter. His sister, with no allergies has had only a dozen or so bites this summer. We use the OFF Skintastic, too - it seems to help. When the mosquitoes are really bad I use Deep Woods OFF on myself (there is a warning not to use it on toddlers). I sometimes spray it on my hand, then dab it on the kids.

On Aug 6, 2002

No time to read the entire list, but my theory is that there is just a general tendency to be allergic. It is not realted to PA, but PA and mosquito allergy, and skin reactions, etc... are all realted back to the general allergic tendency. Does that make sense?

My dd, however, the one with PA, seems okay with mosquito bites, compared to me who gets ravaged by them and can have some big welts and swelling. We both had very bad reactions to black fly bites when on a trip in NH, but I think that is typical of those bites on most people. becca

On Aug 6, 2002

This is an interesting thread! my DD got bit by either a mosquito or spider on our ill-fated vacation and her whole hand and forearm swelled. You could not see her knuckles. we even had to take off her medic alert bracelet! I gave her liquid benadryl!I had been wondering whether other PA people had similar reactions.

On Aug 6, 2002

Interesting topic. When I was younger, I remember going off to girl scout camp and coming home on crutches because my ankles and feet were so bit up and swelled so big I could not walk without the crutches. I used to react really badly to bites,I would get huge red welts but as I got older it got better. I still tend to get a large welt but nothing that doesn't go down in a few hours. So, I am afraid of my dd having reactions like I did when younger. So far she hasn't had anything big. She got a bite above her eye about 2 weeks ago but it got red and swelled and disapeared within an hour. Anyone else with bad reactions remember it being worse when younger and has gotten better as you get older? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]kcmom

On Aug 6, 2002

My PA/TNA ds responds with the big welts to mosquito bites, my non-PA ds hardly gets a mark. I have been concerned on occasion about the welts, but they go away eventually with topical steroids. :-( I hadn't thought to ask others if they responded like this too...Interesting. Thanks for asking. Kristi

On Aug 9, 2002

I JUST discussed this with the pediatrician yesterday! Twice this year Andy has gotten a single mosquito bite somewhere on his face, and it's caused his face to swell up! Each time it's been one side or the other, so bad as to swell his eye shut. (I even brought in a picture I took of him to prove my point!) It's painful and itchy for him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] We give him Benedryl for the itch and Tylenol for the pain, but he won't do much else (like cold compresses or other 'common sense' stuff that I would try for myself).

My concern was that if he is THAT "allergic" to mosquito bites, could he be allergic to bees and wasps now too? (He didn't test positive for that at the time of his initial and only allergy testing three years ago.)

His pediatrician looked at me like I was crazy and said, "If Andy lived on a farm and was bit a MILLION times a summer, this would not be an issue. Give him a few summers out in the bugs and he'll develop an immunity. It's not uncommon for him to swell up like that."

I didn't appreciate being brushed off, but it makes sense to me. I only hope he's right!! And in the meantime, I'm still going to do my darndest to keep Andy away from mosquitos ... why would I purposely put him through that kind of pain and swelling??

On Aug 10, 2002

Hate to say this, but I don't think you develop a tolerance to insect bites. I think it is one of those allergies where each exposure is worse. I know that it is true for me. If I get bit by a mosquito and I don't get a prescription cortisone on it right away, I end up with a huge welt (dinner plate sized) that is painful and lasts for weeks. If I get several bites, I get fairly sick, run a lowgrade fever. And now, I seem to react more and more to any other kinds of insect bites, fleas, midges, etc. (And I am allergic to DEET. I just can't win! That's why I live in a relatively mosquito-free part of the country)

Amy

On Aug 10, 2002

Triciasmom,

That makes the most sense to me. Your reactions sound similar to Andy's ... He definitely felt pretty crappy after this last batch of bites. In the past, he didn't even NOTICE the existence of the swelling or anything.

And if all other allergies work that way (more exposure = worse reaction), then why wouldn't this??

I love my kids' doctor, but I have to remind myself all the time that he doesn't know EVERYTHING!!! lol ... I'm going to go with "motherly instinct" on this one!

On Aug 10, 2002

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