Consequences of mosquito infestation - Increasing visits to the doctor for infections caused by mosquito bites

Severe swelling and severe inflammation caused by mosquito bites

This year May showed its sunny side with high temperatures. What triggered premature midsummer feelings in many people caused the mosquitoes to multiply rapidly. The commercial health insurance (KKH) now warns of the consequences of the widespread spread, because mosquito bites are not only annoying, but can also cause severe swelling and severe inflammation. An KKH expert explains.

According to the KKH, inflamed mosquito bites need to be treated by a doctor more and more frequently. One of the reasons for this is that with each bite, pathogens, germs or environmental toxins can get into the human organism. Bacteria derived from animal excrement can also be transmitted in this way. It is particularly worrying that Lyme pathogens and the Sindbis virus have already been detected in mosquitoes. As early as 2016, a study showed that mosquitoes can obviously also transmit Lyme disease.

Scratching prohibited

If you get a mosquito bite, you should not give in to the urge to scratch, because according to the KKH, this can lead to even more germs getting into the wound. "Has stung a mosquito, never scratching," advises Heiko Langer from the KKH service team in Bergisch Gladbach in a press release on the mosquito plague. Otherwise there could be a bacterial infection. According to Langer, a doctor should be consulted as soon as the area around the sting becomes thick and hot and is very red or painful. This also applies if high fever and accompanying symptoms occur after mosquito bites during or after a vacation in risk areas.

First aid for mosquito bites

But what helps with mosquito bites? Instead of scratching, you should put a cloth soaked in cold water on the stitch. If necessary, this can also be soaked with cold water until the itching subsides. Cooling ointments from the pharmacy can also help. It is even better not to be stung in the first place. These effective home remedies for mosquitoes can help to keep annoying pests away:

Immigrant Exotics

In the course of climate change and globalization, more and more exotic mosquito species such as the Asian tiger mosquito are being introduced in Germany. This could lead to tropical diseases such as yellow fever, dengue and zika soon spreading in Germany. The dangerous West Nile virus was found recently in mosquitoes in the Czech Republic.

No reason to panic

"There is still no reason to panic," reassures Heiko Langer. So far, only a few mosquitoes have transmitted dangerous pathogens. According to the KKH, the following measures can help to keep the annoying bloodsuckers away:

  • Use mosquito repellent.
  • Do not apply highly fragrant deodorants, perfumes and cosmetics.
  • Wear long clothes made of light, densely woven fabric.
  • Attach the fly screen to the windows.
  • Before traveling abroad, consult a doctor about the possible dangers of insect bites.
  • Pregnant women should better not go to countries (e.g. Brazil) where the Zika virus is very common, as this can cause birth defects in unborn babies.


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