The Itchy, Bumpy Blues: How to Treat and Prevent Mosquito Bites and Related Conditions

Mosquito bites may be a nuisance, but fortunately, in the U.S., they tend to amount to nothing more than that. Upon being bitten, most Americans experience a bit of swelling and itchiness, and nothing more. However, there are exceptions to this, including stronger allergic reactions to bites and cases of mosquito-borne illness.  Insect and arachnid bites, including ticks, account for approximately 2,000 cases of malaria and 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. annually. In addition, millions of people worldwide die of malaria each year. It is helpful to protect yourself against insect bites, not only to avoid pesky welts, but also to prevent potential illness. Why Blood? It may sound surprising that both male and female mosquitoes obtain the majority of their nutrition from plant nectar. It is the pregnant females that require blood from a mammal in order to synthesize the protein they need to help their eggs mature. These eggs are then laid on the surface of still water, such as ponds or birdbaths, as they wait to hatch.  Itchy, Bumpy Bites Infants and children are bitten by mosquitoes more than by any other insect. In fact, mosquitoes tend to prefer children over adults if they have the choice. When a mosquito lands and prepares to feed, the sharp, needle-like components of its mouth pierce the skin, first injecting digestive enzymes and anticoagulants before drawing blood.  Often, the first mosquito bites a child receives produce no reaction at all. Expe...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Environmental Health Insect Bites & Stings Insects & Animals Outdoor Safety Source Type: blogs

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Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Research Articles Source Type: research
Background Many nonconclusive studies have been conducted on low back pain (LBP) in adolescents and associated factors. Objective The aim was to assess the lifetime prevalence and associated factors of LBP in adolescents. Materials and Methods A questionnaire was administered in high school students (14–19-yr-old participants) in Veneto region (Italy). The self-administered, structured questionnaire included anthropometric data; psychologic factors and lifestyle; presence, intensity, and family history of LBP; referral to professional health care for LBP; and a short version of the International Phy...
Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Research Articles Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Letters to the Editor Source Type: research
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Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Veterans' Benefits Source Type: forums
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Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: FEATURES Source Type: research
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Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: INTEGRATIVE HEALTH PRACTICES Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality - Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality - Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research
Background: Whether American College of Cardiology (ACC) Chest Pain Center (CPC) accreditation alters guidelines adherence rates is unclear. Methods: We analyzed patient-level, hospital-reported, quality metrics for myocardial infarction (MI) patients from 644 hospitals collected in the ACC’s Chest Pain-MI Registry from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020, stratified by CPC accreditation for>1 year. Results: Of 192,374 MI patients, 67,462 (35.1%) received care at an accredited hospital. In general, differences in guideline adherence rates between accredited and nonaccredited hospitals were nume...
Source: Critical Pathways in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
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