With the World Health Organization recently declaring a public health emergency because of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus, it’s important that people pay careful attention to their symptoms following a bite. This is especially true for residents in cities like Houston, Texas, where the summer’s severe heat and humidity are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. That said, here are some of the most common symptoms associated with mosquito bites as well as the ones you should be especially aware of if you’re worried about contracting the untreatable disease.

Normal Mosquito Bite Symptoms

Of course, the most common symptom people notice after being bitten by a mosquito is a small reddish bump that forms on the impacted area of the skin. Although a bump like this is perfectly normal after a mosquito bite, you should take steps to ensure you don’t have to deal with them, as they can become itchy and quite irritating.

Wear a mosquito repellent that contains 30 to 50 percent DEET. Or use an all-natural solution; tea tree oil and vitamin B are known to work well together. Cover your skin by wearing loose and long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you’re outside. The more coverage on your skin, the more protection against bites. Avoid standing water and make sure to not let it stand by your home. Lakes, stagnant creeks and marshes are all mosquito havens, especially during hot months.

Remember, a small bump and itching isn’t cause for concern. It’s perfectly normal to feel these symptoms after a mosquito bite, even if it’s not infected with the Zika Virus. Here are some other symptoms to be especially mindful of.

Zika Virus Mosquito Bite Symptoms

Although not every person will notice symptoms, here are the ones currently associated with the Zika Virus:

  • Whole body: Fatigue, chills, sweats, loss of appetite or fever
  • Pain: Muscles, joints or behind the eyes
  • Also common: skin rashes, eye redness, headache or vomiting

Unfortunately, there isn’t a vaccine or treatment option for the Zika Virus. Instead, anyone infected should focus on relieving symptoms by resting, rehydrating and taking medications for pain and fever. In some cases, the Zika Virus has triggered paralysis – or the Guillain-Barré Syndrome – and has subsequently caused birth defects in pregnant women.

If you have a concern about mosquitoes in or around your home, contact Mosquitonix of Houston, Texas, today. We want to take control of your fight, so you don’t have to suffer a bite.