Allergic to Mosquitoes?

Allergic to Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a nuisance to many of us, but far more so to those who are allergic to their bites. Avoiding mosquito bites is best, but a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology is good news for mosquito-sensitive children (and adults).

Taking a non-sedating antihistamine such as loratadine (Claritin) before the bite can greatly reduce the reaction — both the swelling and the itching. If you know when your children are most likely to be exposed, you can go along way toward preventing their discomfort.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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