One of the most frequent problems during summer and that affects mainly to children, is the mosquito bites, especially if we go out for walks, camping or to the beach. That is why, it is important to learn how to treat them. Carlos Sordo, dermatologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, gives these recommendations:
- Keep the skin clean. Avoid scratching the affected area because you can cause wounds or an infection Take antihistamines to fight allergic reactions and put on some lotion to reduce itching
- Reduce inflammation. Apply on the bites wet compresses or clothes with chamomile or plantain infusion, three times a day. Do not expose the affected area to the sun, because it can sensitize the skin and worsen the condition
- Go to the doctor. If it does not get better in one or two days, go to the closest health center so the discomfort will not get worse (swelling, pain and infections), and it will not limit your daily activities.
- Prevent mosquito bites. Use repellent, avoid walking in areas with too much vegetation or where there are puddles or standing water (there are more mosquitos in those areas), use tulle or mosquito nets in windows or beds, and ventilate the bedrooms
Dr. Carlos Sordo
Dermatologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma