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How should you contend with mosquitos this summer?

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the presence of approximately 200 mosquito species across the United States becomes more noticeable.

While mosquito bites can be uncomfortable and itchy, there are effective ways to find relief.

Doctors say various methods to calm and cool the skin, including ice cubes, cold compresses, hydrocortisone creams, anti-itch lotions, and oral antihistamines.

Additionally, a paste made from baking soda and water can be applied to the bite for ten minutes before washing it off.

Mosquito bites typically result in puffy, reddish or brown bumps, and sometimes small blisters or bruise-like spots.

Although the symptoms can appear within minutes or take up to a day to manifest, they generally subside within a few hours or may last a few days. It is important to recognize that mosquitoes are not just bothersome insects but also potential carriers of life-threatening diseases.

According to the World Health Organization, these disease-carrying mosquitoes claim approximately 725,000 lives each year. If mosquito bites result in persistent swelling, redness, or systemic symptoms like fever or chills, medical attention should be sought as it could indicate an infection.

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