Doctor Lawrence Jaeger, owner and founder of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York understands how bothersome mosquito bites can be and how they can develop into a more serious condition than the usual redness and itching that usually occurs.

Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after mosquitoes use their mouthparts to puncture your skin and feed on your blood. The bump usually clears up on its own in a few days. Occasionally a mosquito bite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. This type of reaction, most common in children, is sometimes referred to as skeeter syndrome.

Mosquito Bite Treatment in NYC
According to Lawrence Jaeger, bites from mosquitoes carrying certain viruses or parasites can cause severe illness. Infected mosquitoes in many parts of the world transmit West Nile virus to humans. Other mosquito-borne infections include yellow fever, malaria and some types of brain infection (encephalitis).

Mosquito bites are uncomfortable, unattractive and incredibly irritating, but for the most part- harmless. They appear as small to medium sized red or pink bumps on the skin, with a small dot in the center. They are very itchy, and can become infected by the scratching they tend to cause. When a female mosquito bites, she draws blood into her mouth while, at the same time, depositing some of her saliva into your skin. The saliva contains proteins which may trigger the immune system, which causes the itching. Cortisone cream or Benadryl are usually very effective itch relievers.

However, if more severe reactions occur, such as nausea, confusion, fever or body aches Doctor Lawrence Jaeger, chief medical Dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Associates recommends visiting your local Dermatologist. It is possible that the mosquito transmitted a dangerous disease while depositing its saliva in your body. Also, mosquito bites can trigger a severe allergic reaction, resulting in swelling of the throat, hives or respiratory problems.

Lawrence Jaeger relates that Mosquito bite signs include:

A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite
A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites
Small blisters instead of hard bumps
Dark spots that look like bruises
More-severe reactions may be experienced by children, adults not previously exposed to the type of mosquito that bit them, and people with immune system disorders. In these people, mosquito bites sometimes trigger:

A large area of swelling and redness
Low-grade fever
Swollen lymph nodes
Children are more likely to develop a severe reaction than are adults, because many adults have had mosquito bites throughout their lives and become desensitized.

Doctor Lawrence Jaeger provides mosquito bite treatment for patients at Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City