Dr Oz: Ignored Mosquito Bites Lead to Skeeter Syndrome
Almost everyone will experience a mosquito bite this summer and Dr. Oz wanted to remind everyone not to ignore those mosquito bites. He said they can lead to serious health problems if they are ignored. A simple mosquito bite can lead to infection and or even an allergic reaction so it is best to keep an eye on the bite.
Skeeter Syndrome – Dr. Clifford Bassett said many people end up at the hospital because of mosquito bites which have lead to Skeeter Syndrome. The syndrome leaves a dark red rash appearance on the skin and in severe cases can cause blistering.
Dr Oz Summer First Aid Kit Guidelines
Dr. Bassett had some advice for building a first aid kit that is ready for summer. Make sure you all have the items listed below stocked up for this summer.
Dr. Bassett’s Summer First Aid Kit:
- Mild Soap – For cleaning the area
- Ice – Reduces redness and swelling
- Oral Antihistamine – Relieves itching
- Topical Steroid Cream – Reduces swelling and discomfort
Natural Mosquito Repellent – Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
According to Dr. Clifford Bassett, 40 percent of Americans do not use bug repellent. That number is far too high though. Dr. Bassett said bug repellent plays an important role in protecting you when your are outside.
While chemical bug repellents are great at keeping away the bugs, not everyone wants to spray chemicals on their skin.
Natural mosquito repellent – Dr. Bassett said lemon eucalyptus oil has been shown to naturally repel bugs but it does need to be applied more liberally and more frequently than a chemical bug repellent.
Dr Oz: Home Remedy to Treat Poison Ivy
Dr. Oz said anyone worried about poisons needs to remember the saying, “Leaves of three, let it be.” Dr. Bassett agreed the rhyme was good to remember but pointed out that poison can be sneaky. It can grow on anything from a vine to a shrub to a berry bush.
Check out the home remedy below to a quick and easy way to deal with poison ivy.
- Make a paste with 3 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water then apply to affected areas.
Dr. Oz also suggested buying poison ivy lotion from the store and applying it any time you are in an area with poison ivy.