Hang in there Carol; sorry to hear you’re getting whacked like this from the mosquitoes. Have you tried popping a benadryl yet? You can buy them generically from WalMart or the local drug store under the name ‘diphenhydramine’ for four or five bucks; they’re generally considered very liver safe, and I doubt they’d hurt to try.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of anyone else that experienced this as a result of interferon use, so there’s not a lot of guidance from others on the topic. Did you have problems previously with them? In the tropics, you can buy candles and smoky incense cones that keep mosquitoes at bay; we might have to take up a collection around here and buy you a net for your bed, too :o).
Here’s an article on bug bites from Mayo; maybe something in there will help?
Good luck, gal—
Congratulations on getting the little monsters and doing away with them. It makes perfectly sense to me that because of this treatment, a mosquito bite could cause adverse reactions that normally would not be bother you. With a mosquito bite, remember, your body is being attacked by an outside invader.
I'm wondering about those unexplained bad days that we all have from time to time too. For the most part, I haven't suffered any physical ill effects, but I had an emotional storm over the weekend that was intense, causing a great deal of mental anguish. Also, today, I can't pinpoint what is wrong, but I just feel blah. I don't have a headache, I'm not suffering nausea, I really can't find the words to describe it, other than I just don't feel good.
I also feel reclusive -- it is hard to talk to people, and I just don't feel like it. It is hard to open my mouth and just talk. Nothing seems to interest me. I feel the mental fog and I catch myself just sitting and staring at the walls.
I'm glad you are hanging in there -- you will get through this. Nothing in life stays constant, it is forever changing.
Do you live in a moist climate? Is there any mosquito-repellant medication that you can spray on any exposed body parts that would ward off this pest? I'm not even sure that would even be a good idea -- maybe you could ask your doctor, or a pharmacist about it.
Sorry you are going through this. Something just doesn't add up. Have you always been allergic to the bites?
Please don't take this wrong but I think this may be in your head and may just be the anxiety of getting bit. What you describe can be symptoms from the treatment drugs. I would think that what is happening to you has more to do with the tx drugs then anything to do with the mosquito bite.
Just my opinion.
In the mean time I would use mosquito repellent rest of the summer.
Best of luck
I've always been allergic to mosquitoes and they have always caused huge welts when they bite me. They will pass over any number of tempting arms and legs (belonging to other people) to torture me and no bug spray I have found keeps them away. I am considering a net outfit though. Head to toe!!!
A couple of weeks ago one bit me on the face. It resulted in several times the usual swelling and, as another put it, horrible disfigurement. The maximum allowable dose of benadryl through that day and the next brought me back to normal. I did not feel at all well though. And then when the next bit me and I felt the same sick, it just seemed obvious why. I called the doctor and they, again, suggested benadryl. I wasn't sure I had communicated how bad I felt so I started looking for answers myself.
Somewhere on this site is someone who needed allergy shots and had excessive swelling and the same symptoms I have: brain fog, exhaustion, and a flu like feeling. AHA!, I thought. So then I started looking for mosquito allergies on the internet. Don't ever put in "hep c treatment and mosquito allergy" because all you'll find is that mosquitoes don't spread hep c. But there is information out there on mosquito hypersensitivity and what it does (very seldom anaphylaxis). The mosquito saliva, for those of us with hypersensitivity, causes the immune system to attack and part of that attack is interferon. And the symptoms that follow a bite sure feel like an interferon reaction to me. I can't explain the process properly, most of what I read was over my head, but this is happening to me, and for whatever it's worth, I'm not usually prone to hysterics. I will admit to some overreactions while treating, but I don't think this is one of those times. I'm calm now. Shoot, I read that hyper sensitives such as myself are more likely to get Dengue fever if bitten by an infected mosquito and I'm not at all worried about that because it isn't around here.
I live in ranch country. The irrigation ditches make for great mosquito breeding grounds and there is no avoiding them.
If I'm crazy and this is all in my head that would be a good thing. But my doctor, even though he hasn't seen me, thinks it tx and allergic reaction. My limited research ability bears out his opinion. So until convinced otherwise, I think I will start shopping for netting ;)
Thanks for clarifying. If you were allergic all along then that is different. Sorry I cant help with any other suggestions.
I do remember before I treated that mosquitoes just loved me and no one else would get bit but me. Maybe there is something with the HCV infected blood that they like. Or many people with HCV have higher glucose and maybe they like the extra "sugar" in the blood?
Oh well hope it gets better for you.
You that OFF has that new clip on thing that is supposed to repel them without having to appy thing to yourself. Avon's Skin So Soft is also another good non chemcial repellent. HTH!
FWIW. The story goes if you see the mosquito bite you, hold your breath. It closes the pore holding the plunger long enough for the poison to be injected and withdrawn! Of course, it fixes the mosquito in place allowing instant death OR easy capture for late night mosquito dissection parties. Don't know this would help your allergies but come on, the dissection thing sounds good eh?
I admire your decision to hang tough. Lots of people here to help through the low spots. All the very best.
My uncle's version of that story, shared with me when I was twelve, was that if the mosquito is allowed to drink his fill he will pull the poison out for future use. One beautiful summer evening he coached me through watching mosquito after mosquito drink his fill on the open bar of my arms. I didn't sleep that night since I had two inch welts overlapping other two inch welts. Now, I don't go for the capture. They must die!!!!
Interestingly, if you are not allergic, mosquito bites that do not carry diseases offer some immunity to a bite from a mosquito carrying a disease. Your immune system gets used to the mosquito saliva and recognizes anything else introduced immediately.
Sorry for going off topic. I'm kind of obsessed lately.