Dr Oz: What is “Skeeter Syndrome”?
Most of experience mosquito bites during the summer months, but Dr. Oz says you should never ignore those bites because they can lead to serious health problems, like an infection or allergic reaction.
Skeeter Syndrome – Dr. Clifford Bassett says many people end up in the emergency room from mosquito bites that have led to Skeeter Syndrome. It is an infection caused by a mosquito bite and leaves a dark red rash appearance on the skin and in severe cases can lead to blistering.
Dr Oz: Best Way to Treat a Mosquito Bite
Dr. Bassett says there are a few essential things you need to have on hand as part of a summer first aid kit to treat mosquito bites and avoid discomfort or an infection.
Dr. Bassett’s Summer First Aid Kit
- Mild Soap – Wash the area to clean away any bacteria.
- Ice – Reduces redness and swelling
- Oral Antihistamine – Relieves itching
- Topical Steroid Cream – Reduces swelling and discomfort from itching
Dr Oz: Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites
Dr. Clifford Bassett says that 40% of Americans do not use bug repellents, but he believes it is very important to protect yourself when you go outside during the summer months.
Chemical repellents are an effective way of keeping the bugs away and preventing bug bites, but they are not for everyone.
Natural mosquito repellent – Dr. Bassett says Lemon Eucalyptus Oil has been shown to naturally prevent bug bites from occurring, but he also advises it may need to be applied more often than the chemical bug repellents.
Dr Oz: Home Remedy to Treat Poison Ivy
Dr. Oz shared a phrase to keep you safe from Poison Ivy this summer, Leaves of 3, let it be, and Dr. Bassett agreed, but he explained that Poison Ivy is sneaky because it can grow on a vine, a shrub, or even on a berry bush.
It could take a few days for signs of Poison Ivy to appear on the skin, but you can treat it with something that is already in your home.
Make a paste with 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water then apply to affected areas.
Poison Ivy Lotion – Apply to your skin before going outside where you may come in contact with Poison Ivy.