Scary Skeeters

It’s summer in Wisconsin and the mosquitoes are out! Mosquito bites are an all too common and uncomfortable problem for children of all ages.

Young children have an increased risk of developing large, local reactions to mosquito bites, otherwise known as “skeeter syndrome.” This is caused by an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. The area of warmth, redness and swelling may become as large as 10 cm in diameter. It usually develops over the first 12 hours after a bite and gradually goes away over 3 to 10 days. This type of reaction typically decreases with age and …Continue reading →