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Mosquito Bite Complications

Mosquito bites often cause an itchy, lump on the area of the skin that was bitten. In some cases, the area which was bitten can become red as well. Some people will also experience swelling around the site of the bite. Mosquito bite complications can be far more harmful for some of the affected. Some mosquitoes carry different diseases that can be transmitted to humans when they are bitten by a mosquito.

Malaria is a known mosquito bite complication. It is considered to be a parasitic disease that can be transmitted from infected mosquitoes to the humans that they bite. Common symptoms of malaria include chills, shaking and fever. As the disease progresses, those infected may experience high fever, delirium, pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, vomiting and nausea. If malaria is not treated in a timely manner it may lead to death.

Yellow fever is also a possible mosquito bite complication. It is considered to be a viral infection that can be transmitted from infected mosquitoes to the humans that they bite. Yellow fever may damage various organs such as the digestive tract, the liver, the kidneys and the heart. Early symptoms of this disease include nausea and vomiting, high fever, slow pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, flushing (facial), furry tongue, brief episodes of rapid pulse rate, decreased production of urine, constipation, irritability, inflamed kidneys, headache, proteinurea and muscle pains. If yellow fever is left untreated it can lead to death.

Dengue fever is also a possible mosquito bite complication. It is considered to be an acute viral disease caused by a flavivirus that can be transmitted from infected mosquitoes to the humans that they bite. Common symptoms of Dengue fever include rash, pain behind the eyes, nausea and vomiting, high fever (up to 105F), generalized weakness, moderate to severe headaches, swollen lymph nodes, moderate to severe joint pain and moderate to severe muscle pain. If Dengue fever is not treated it can lead to death.

West Nile fever (also known as West Nile virus) is a more common mosquito bite complication. It is considered to be an infectious virus that is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to the humans that they bite. Common symptoms of West Nile fever include headache, swollen lymph glands, fever, rash, moderate to severe muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stiff neck, muscle weakness, fatigue and lethargy. In severe cases, this virus can lead to seizures, encephalitis, coma and death.

Mosquito bite complications are less common in the United States. They tend to be more prevalent in developing countries. All of these possible complications can lead to death if they are not treated in a timely manner. The best way to prevent these complications is to use caution when in areas that are known for mosquitoes.

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