Mosquito Bite Marks Turn Black/brown On Children’s Skin?

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..rnI want to ask again, so every time my child is bitten by a mosquito, it keeps marks, so the black/brown dots on the skin are clearly visible but not too real, due to scratching or what? It’s also been a few years but the scars haven’t gone away. Some kind of disease or what??rnHow do you get rid of it?rnThank you

1 Answer:

Hi Adrofiah,

Thank you for the question. The condition you mentioned in the story above is known as prurigo or in layman's language known as sweet blood. Prurigo is an inflammatory skin condition that leaves black/hyperpigmented scars that feel itchy. In some people, the inflammation of the skin that appears is not just a blackish mark but a lump. The exact cause of prurigo is not known with certainty. This condition is generally triggered by allergic reactions, insect bites, sun exposure, and skin infections. Furthermore, prurigo is also associated with other health conditions such as atopic eczema, diabetes, thyroid hormone disorders, impaired kidney function, and others. Repeated scratching of the itchy area can cause a local inflammatory reaction of the skin in the form of hyperpigmentation and thickened and raised skin.

We recommend that you take your child to consult a dermatologist so that the doctor can check the severity of your child's skin condition. From this examination, the doctor will suggest further treatment, such as antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs (ointments or oral medications), or others. The most recommended thing is to avoid scratching the itchy skin. Use calamine lotion or apply a cold compress to reduce itching. Also avoid wearing clothes with itchy materials.

Please also read a similar discussion: Prurigo

Hope this information is useful.

Dr. Aloisia

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