People are so used to mosquito bites that they don’t consider them dangerous. In most cases, it is indeed so, but sometimes there are consequences to mosquito bites.
It is only females that are known to drink blood and when biting, they inject a special anticoagulant under the victim’s skin. It prevents blood coagulation when the female is drinking it. Subsequently, it will cause slight swelling and itching, and even allergies in extreme cases. This is not the greatest evil as infected mosquitoes can transmit dangerous viruses to humans when sucking blood.
Mosquitoes can cause serious diseases such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Yellow fever, Dengue, etc. According to the WHO, 212 million of people worldwide caught malaria in 2015 alone, and 429 thousand of people died. Malaria is also dangerous because despite active research, a vaccine against it still hasn’t been invented yet.
That is why you should watch your health if you have been bitten by a mosquito. If after experiencing a mosquito bite, your your skin reacts atypically, consult a doctor and do the virus blood tests. Do not hesitate with this as there may be more dangerous consequences to mosquito bites than a mere allergy: even death in extreme cases. Be most careful if you are planning to visit Africa which is notorious for its frequent epidemics of malaria and other above mentioned diseases. Get a vaccine in advance.
To prevent bites, it’s better to use mosquito repellents, the most effective of which have been covered in our review of the best mosquito repellents.