SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Unless you're careful, mosquito bites can leave you in pain with an uncomfortable itch.
And it's getting to be time for mosquito bites.
"It's like the quick pinch and you know they've got you and then you get the red bump and you have to deal with that then try not to itch it, because the more you itch it the more you keep thinking about it," said Taylor McAndrew from Chicopee.
Once your mosquito bites show up, you could be itching and scratching at them for as long as two days.
If a secondary infection occurs, you could get pain, redness, swelling and possibly even puss can come out of the bite.
There are of course some ways to prevent bug bites in the first place by using things like bug spray. But once you have a bug bite there's ways to deal with that too.
Dr. Richard Brown specializes in infectious disease at Baystate Medical Center.
He recommends you attack the release of the chemical histamine which is caused by the mosquito bite.
"Histamine is a chemical that causes itching and that's why one of the reasons why things like antihistamines have a favorable impact on many bites," said Dr. Brown.
Along with antihistamines like Benadryl, a cold ice pack immediately after you're bitten can lower the symptoms.
If your bug bites get worse after two days of having them. Dr. Brown suggests seeing a doctor.