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What can be done to reduce scars due to mosquito bites?


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Answered by

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At May 1, 2018
Reviewed AtJanuary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My 8 year old daughter reacts badly to mosquito bites. We try to keep her covered and give antihistamine if she reacts badly and is scratching the bites. But, she scratches them, and they form scars that leave dark marks/scars on her face and body. What can we do to reduce the scarring/marks? She is of mixed race and has dark skin.

Answered by Dr. Shanza Ikram


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The reason why your daughter scratches herself so badly is that her skin is extremely dry. Keep it well moisturized by applying petroleum jelly two times a day. You can also apply a mixture of Glycerine and aqua rose on the whole body after a bath without using a towel or before drying. This will retain moisture in the skin.

  1. Avoid playing in the dust and try to wear cotton clothes, nylon may irritate her.
  2. Keep her nails cut to lessen scratching.
  3. Dark spots will reduce with time.
  4. All whitening agents may irritate her as they have chemicals.

Please follow above precautionary measures.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shanza Ikram
Dr. Shanza Ikram


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