Unfortunately, people suffer from mosquito bites in Curaçao all year round. In the rainy season, there are more mosquitoes than in the dry period, but unfortunately, we cannot escape them. We have different types of mosquitoes in Curaçao, but the tiger mosquito is the most common. In recent years, this mosquito has sadly spread many diseases on the island, such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. Fortunately, in 2019, the epidemics surrounding these diseases ended. Even though you can’t get any of these diseases anymore, it can still be quite annoying.
What can you do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes?
First of all, it’s good to know where you can find mosquitoes. They are attracted to stagnant water, dark and warm areas, and places where there is little to no wind. In addition, wearing covered clothing and using DEET can make a big difference in repelling mosquitoes. We recommend using Care Plus anti-mosquito products, which are available at Porto Medico, pharmacies, and local supermarkets. You can contact us for more information. Sleeping under a mosquito net and using air conditioning is also a great way to prevent mosquito bites, as they are less active in cold air.
The supermarkets in Curaçao also sell various other products to repel mosquitoes, such as citronella candles and coils that release a substance that mosquitoes dislike.
Help, I’ve been bitten by a mosquito, what now?
Sometimes mosquito bites can continue to itch for days or even weeks and as soon as you start scratching, the symptoms often worsen. There are a lot of theories and remedies that are recommended for relief. First of all, it is important not to scratch the bite, this of course is easier said than done. A wet compress or cooling pack can feel soothing, while ointments that include menthol, Aloe Vera, or calendula can help against skin irritation.
If the symptoms do not go away or other reactions occur, please feel free to contact our doctors.