Source: ARI support, Mastering Autism, Willis' Files
By Robin F. from TN
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Robin, it is such a great idea to immediately clean any bite area at the site to reduce the chances of general infection however the venom the mosquito (or spiders, or snakes, etc) injects starts running through a persons blood stream immediately. So even if a person places iodine or any other type of antiseptic or antibiotic on the bite itself it's not going to stop the spread of a virus that has already entered the blood stream internally.
The only reason I know this is because I am immune deficient now because of emphesema and am prone to cellulitis even from a non-infected insect bite area being cleaned within a couple of minutes of that bite. Once bitten the pumping of blood starts moving through your system immediately.
The best thing to do is indeed clean the affected area and then be sure to keep an eye on any symptoms of fever, redness or swelling that might occur over the next couple or few days. Call a doctor immediately if any of those mentioned symptoms do happen.
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