Prof. Dr. Vedat Turhan stated that mosquito bites reduce quality of life and can be dangerous for people with chronic diseases.
“Asian tiger fly or Aedes albopictus as it is called in the literature; It is a blood-sucking mosquito species native to Southeast Asia, which can be distinguished from other species by the white stripes on its body and legs. This mosquito species has become widespread in Europe and Mediterranean countries for the past 15-20 years, both with trade and tourism trends. It is known that it was first seen in Ipsala in Turkey. Recently, this species has been found in the coastal provinces of Marmara, Aegean Sea and Black Sea. Asian tiger fly can cause viral and parasitic infections that can affect widespread masses. These infections include West Nile virus, Yellow fever, Bicycle fever and Zika virus.
Watch out for headaches and high fever
In addition to all these diseases, local negative effects can also occur with mosquito bites. Intense itching, skin lesions and allergic reactions can occur after bites from Asian tiger flies. Mosquito bites may seem insignificant and common in the summer, but they can be dangerous. Frequent travelers, people with low immunity, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer may be exposed to more infections. After the mosquito bite occurs, the average incubation period varies depending on the microbial agent carried by the mosquito, but averages between 2 and 6 days. At the end of this period, symptoms such as diarrhoea, joint pain, vomiting, headache and rash may appear. Some may also have neurological symptoms. For example, if symptoms such as high fever, headache, neck stiffness, poor concentration, coma, tremors and paralysis are observed, it is necessary to immediately consult a medical specialist.
Peppermint oil and tea tree oil protect
It is necessary to be protected from mosquitoes. If you are going to spend time outdoors, preference should be given to thin, long-sleeved fabrics that do not sweat because of the summer. You must use mosquito repellents. However, before using them, non-chemical and more natural products are preferable. Natural methods include peppermint oil, tea tree oil, clove oil. It may be possible to repel flies by mixing these products with water, keeping them in aerosol cans, and applying them to open areas. Mosquito nets can be useful in homes. Skin-friendly aromatic oils also protect against the effects of some chemical products. In addition, puddles in the roadsides and around houses for flies, puddles on the bottom of flower pots, residual water in car tires, etc. places are very useful. It is necessary to stay away from these puddles as much as possible.
The first thing to do with mosquito bites is soap and water.
Immediately after the mosquito bite, the bitten area should be washed with soap and water. Afterward, lavender perfume can be used to relax the area and prevent skin lesions. Black or green tea bags can also be applied to the bitten area. A mixture of gel from the aloe vera plant, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can also be applied to the area. Basil oil and oatmeal are also good for mosquito bites. In addition, anti-itch creams and gels that can be purchased from pharmacies are beneficial. In particular, it is necessary to warn children not to scratch places bitten by flies. In case of a mosquito bite, it is also relaxing to apply ice to the bitten area.”