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Published on June 18, 2019

how to protect yourself from mosquitoes

Protect yourself from mosquitoes

It is important to protect yourself and your family from any type of mosquito bite.

Here are some recommendations on how to minimize bites:

  • Use an insect repellent on your skin and clothing.
  • Look for lotions, sprays, and other products that contain an effective repellent such as DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Insect repellents can be used at all ages unless the label specifically states an age limitation or precaution.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants.
  • Take care of your yard by removing standing water, mowing the lawn frequently and reducing brush, tall grasses and leaf litter.

When a mosquito bites, varied chemicals are injected into the skin. The red bumps are the body's hypersensitivity response to those chemicals. The skin reaction will seem like a hive.

"We strongly encourage patients to take action and minimize insect bites, since mosquitoes are capable of transmitting serious infections that can disrupt summer fun." says Megan Meller, Infection Control.

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