Do: Use a cold compress
If all you can think about is itching, then grab a cold pack from the freezer. Ice numbs your nerve endings and reduces the urge to itch. Plus: A cold pack on a hot summer night helps you cool off! Here’s how to keep mosquitoes away and avoid getting bitten by a Zika virus mosquito.
Don’t: Rush to the doctor because of Zika
Yes, Zika can have scary consequences. However, you should not rush to the doctor for a mosquito bite. According to the CDC, symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Not exhibiting symptoms? Then do not worry! However, if you are pregnant, asking for a blood test can ease Zika-related nerves. Here are calming facts about Zika you need to know.
Do: Watch out for more severe skin reactions
Mosquitoes leave a red, irritated bump on the skin. Sometimes, they may leave more – like disease and infections. A bite associated with a fever, headache, body aches, spreading of redness, or signs of infection are cause for concern, so contact your doctor. Here’s what you need to know about Zika virus if you’re pregnant.