Mosquito Bites & Disease Treatment at Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic in Fremont, CA
With the warm weather and summer months come outdoor barbeques, traveling, and plenty of time in the sun. But it is important to stay aware of your health while spending all this time outdoors with family and friends. One of the biggest pet peeves during the hot weather are pests like mosquitoes. Mosquitoes not only bite and leave unattractive bumps on your skin in unfortunate spots, they can also spread a number of dangerous and infectious diseases.
At AFC/Doctors Express Fremont, conveniently located in Newark CA, our medical staff is experienced in diagnosing and treating diseases spread by mosquitoes. Our physicians are board certified and specialize in both urgent care and primary care services.
Here are a few tips and facts about diseases spread by mosquitoes that everyone should be aware of:
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus, or WNV, is probably the first disease that people associate mosquito bites with. Usually there are no symptoms in people who contract WNV, but occasionally there are fevers and sometimes serious, fatal illnesses that can occur with WNV. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for West Nile Virus.
Chikungunya is a virus that shows serious symptoms of fever and joint pain. While being infected with the virus is not usually fatal, the symptoms can be debilitating and can lead to long term joint pain in some cases. Chikungunya has been found all over the world and is spread by mosquitoes when they bite an infected person or animal.
Dengue is found in a huge span of populations, and has 4 different virus strains. Because of this, it is possible to be infected with dengue 4 times. Symptoms vary, and do not always appear in most cases. Early diagnosis is the best way to prevent the fatal effects of dengue fever.
If you are traveling abroad or live in a mosquito prevalent area, it is important to take preventative measures in order to avoid bites and viruses. If you have any questions about our walk-in clinic or need more advice on mosquito bites, please come see us today at AFC/Doctors Express Fremont!