Save Your Spot
CareWell Urgent Care Logo

4 tips for protecting yourself from mosquitoes

For many people, mosquitoes are a mere annoyance. They buzz around your family picnic, and the resulting bites can leave you scratching all summer long. But in recent months, mosquitoes have gone from simply bothersome to a possible health crisis, courtesy of the Zika virus. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while the virus isn't usually fatal, hospitalizations are frequent because people often ignore the core symptoms. Conditions like joint pain, rash and fever are sometimes attributed to other ailments. The CDC added that between 2015 and 2016, there were 1,996 reported cases in the U.S. and its territories, and Zika has hit practically every state in the Union.

"Zika has impacted nearly every sate in the Union."

To protect yourself and your family from Zika mosquitoes, or any of these bugs for that matter, follow these four handy tips:

1. Long sleeves for the win
Long sleeves are a great, albeit underutilized tool, in maintaining summer safety. Not only do these items reduce the surface area of bug bites, but they also block out harmful UV rays. The CDC suggested you treat all clothing with permethrin, which is a special insecticide and insect repellant. Just be sure to avoid direct skin contact and to follow any treatment directions carefully. Fortunately, permethrin will stand a few washes, and that means you won't have to re-coat quite as often.

2. Wear the right repellent
When combating Zika mosquitoes, you're going to need the right insect repellent. The CDC advised people to only purchase those that had been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. The most effective brands will feature a combination of IR3535, picaridin, DEET and/or oil of lemon eucalyptus. However, as the Los Angeles Times pointed out, be sure to put the repellent on properly. It should always go on after your sunscreen as it's the repellent that's going to ward off the bugs.

3. Don't forget to clean up
It's not enough to just protect your skin from Zika mosquitoes. If you really want to protect your family, then you'll safeguard your home per instructions from Reader's Digest. The most important step is to rid your home of any standing water, and just one tablespoon is enough for the mosquitoes' breeding purposes. That means any water in bottles, sinks, flower pots, garbage cans or anywhere else. Pools, meanwhile, are actually fine as the chlorine acts as a repellent.

4. Travel with caution
Summer is a great time to travel. However, as the CDC noted, traveling is often the way that Zika is spread. In fact, all 691 cases reported in U.S. states in 2015-2016 were travel-associated. This shouldn't prevent you from a relaxing vacation, but you might want to change your plans based on outbreaks. The CDC organized this helpful guide that compiles the number of cases per country and territory. It's important to be extra cautious if you're heading to South America. 

If you suddenly experience joint pain, fever or other symptoms, seek out medical help right away. Fortunately, if you're on the Eastern Seaboard, there is always a CareWell Urgent Care Center nearby. With highly rained physicians at every location, CareWell is prepared to help address any number of bug-related illnesses or ailments. 

Care You Can Count On
View All Locations
Our Locations
1400 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Save Your Spot in Line
380 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Save Your Spot in Line
58 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Save Your Spot in Line
922 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
Save Your Spot in Line
333 Southwest Cutoff
Northborough, MA 01532
Save Your Spot in Line
42 Washington St.
Norwell, MA 02061
Save Your Spot in Line
229 Andover Street (Rt 114)
Peabody, MA 01960
Save Your Spot in Line
Patriot Square 484 Rte. 134
South Dennis, MA 02660
Save Your Spot in Line
345 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Save Your Spot in Line
535 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Save Your Spot in Line
348 Greenwood Street
Worcester, MA 01607
Save Your Spot in Line
500 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Save Your Spot in Line
2024 Emergence Health Holdings. All rights reserved. Website Design by Healthcare Success