We all know how irritating mosquitoes can be. Their bites may be small, but they definitely leave a lasting impression. Most of the time after you’ve been bit you should notice a great improvement in the appearance and itchiness of the mosquito bites within a few days. Throughout the healing process, it is wise to keep all bites bandaged as this will prevent unconscious scratching or at least hinder the attempt.
To prevent this from happening at all, apply a reputable mosquito repellent before going outdoors. Not only does this eliminate or nearly eliminate your chances of being bitten, it will prevent your exposure to dangerous diseases like the West Nile virus. When warm weather comes around, add these tips to your arsenal and you are sure have a much less itchy year.
When the mosquito bites, its saliva enters the bloodstream and this can contain immature forms of the parasite, known as sporozoites. These migrate via the bloodstream to the liver where they are now known as schizonts. These multiply at an alarming rate, burst out of the liver and reenter the bloodstream, destroying the red blood cells in the process. After about 48 hours they are called merozoites.
The first symptoms will appear between 10 and 28 days of infection. The patient will then show signs of chills, fever, headache, muscle ache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The parasites continue to multiply and unless the disease is treated, death is likely.
Diagnosis of malaria symptoms may be confused with other diseases. The only way to be sure is a blood test. Chloroquine and related drugs can relieve symptoms and prevent an attack altogether. However, some strains of the parasite became resistant to the drugs with the result that there is again an increase in malaria cases.