, and why I hate reserchers...well...not hate...but really strongly prefer the applied sciences...
Allergic reaction to mosquito bites identified for first time—"skeeter syndrome"
bites are a standard annoyance for those who spend time outside during
the summer months. The consequence for most is uncomfortable swelling
and itching at the site of the bite for a short period of time.
However, young children, immune deficient persons and those previously
unexposed to mosquitoes are at increased risk for a severe reaction to
mosquito bites according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology. Canadian researchers recently identified this
reaction as "skeeter syndrome," defined as mosquito-bite induced large,
local inflammatory reactions accompanied by fever.
reactions to mosquito bites are under diagnosed and sometimes assumed
to be infectious in nature when in fact, they are the result of an
allergic reaction. In this study, researchers studied five healthy
children between the ages of two and four with no history of allergy to
insect bites. Each had been diagnosed with cellulitis, a bacterial
infection of the skin and tissue that is usually found on the face,
neck or legs. The children developed extreme redness, swelling, warmth
and inflammation within hours of a witnessed mosquito bite. Several
months later the children were tested for allergy to mosquito. Blood
tests confirmed that the children had been misdiagnosed: the symptoms
they experienced were the result of an allergic reaction to a mosquito
bite, not cellulitis.
People with skeeter syndrome should
minimize their exposure to mosquitoes to avoid experiencing an adverse
reaction. It is important to increase the awareness of skeeter syndrome
so those affected can avoid unnecessary diagnostic procedures and
[From: "Skeeter syndrome." J Allergy Clin Immunol 1999;104: 705-707.]
has my hat (I think)!
Maybe I should engage in Guerrilla Knitting
?Governess Gone Goth
WEAVING!?!?!Orange Juice Carton Basket
But more importantly:
Why don't the folks on Survivor
start studying how to do this
THE SECOND they send their application in???Cheap sock blockers
for those of us with less dough than fiber.
Tucson, Meet Yourself
! No, meet YOUR self. No really, meet...em...the food was great.
And, importantly, I promised you Hessians
. So here: