It seems that many of us are more susceptible to worse reactions from mosquito bites after we develop CLL.
Do you suffer more or less from insect bites than you did prior to your CLL diagnosis? What do you find helps you to avoid mosquito bites?
I used to get large wheals from ant, bee and mosquito bites that would take a week to resolve but that seems to be no longer the case. Not sure if it has improved with age or because my ability to generate an allergic response has been dampened by my CLL.
This article by Cameron Webb, Clinical Lecturer and Principal Hospital Scientist at University of Sydney, Australia provides some helpful insights into what attracts mosquitoes. It also includes the important warning for us that even if we don't feel that we are being bitten when others near us are complaining about mosquitoes biting them, we probably are - but are not aware of it. So don't stint on protective measures. (This article was probably prompted by the large number of barbies (barbeques) that will be held on Australia Day today - they usually attract mosquitoes..).
Photo: Wetlands have some cute inhabitants and some not so cute - like mosquitoes