Now that it is summer, mosquitoes are out and they are abundant. Unfortunately, they can also carry a number of diseases, which you can get if they bite you. If you are traveling to other countries, seeing a mosquito bites doctor Dyker Heights Brooklyn before you go is even more important.
Diseases from Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes are a part of everyday life in the United States. They exist in every state. Depending on where you live, it is possible to be exposed to several diseases if you are bitten by a mosquito. You may get the West Nile Virus, Zika, Dog Heartworm, Encephalitis (5 types), and Chikungunya.
Mosquito Diseases in Other Countries
If you are going to travel to other countries, you may be exposed to other mosquito-borne diseases. In hotter climates, particularly in jungle areas, you may also be exposed to yellow fever, malaria, and dengue.
Few Medical Treatments Available
For most of these diseases, there does not yet exist a vaccine for it. Some of these diseases will rarely show any symptoms in most people, including Zika and West Nile Virus, but some may experience mild to severe symptoms. Zika has been known to cause birth defects.
There is also no vaccine against all five types of mosquito-borne encephalitis, but there is a treatment for dogs for the Dog Heartworm. This worm can pass from dogs to humans, but it is rather rare that it does so.
Chikungunya has neither a vaccine nor a treatment for it, and neither does dengue. Vaccines are available for both malaria and yellow fever.
Avoidance Is Best Policy
If you are in an area of the United States where there are a lot of mosquitoes, or if it is an area where diseases from mosquitoes are known to exist, you certainly want to take some precautions. There are no ways to guarantee protection, so the best way is to prevent mosquito bites in the first place.
You can protect yourself by wearing clothing that covers your skin, such as pants, long dresses, and long sleeve shirts or blouses. Mosquito repellant will also help keep them away. If you have open windows or are sleeping outdoors, mosquito netting is important.
What to Do When Traveling
Some countries are known to have high rates of mosquito-borne illnesses. It is recommended that you avoid such countries, but if you must go, find out what vaccines are available to help prevent some diseases. Some places will require a shot to enter, but you may need to get it at least six months prior to traveling there.
If you believe that you are experiencing some unusual symptoms after a mosquito bite, see a doctor soon. New medicines are constantly being developed, and one may be able to help you. The doctor may also have other recommendations that can help provide relief, too.
You can find a mosquito bites doctor Dyker Heights Brooklyn at the Quality First Urgent Care center. It is located in the Calko Medical Building, and its hours are from 11 am to 11 pm daily. It is open 365 days a year and offers a wide variety of medical services.
6010 Bay Parkway, 9th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11204