Mosquitoes & Your Skin – What you need to know!

September’s forecast is filled with afternoon downpours that leave the perfect breeding grounds for the pesky mosquito. Unfortunately Mosquito activity can be several times a year. Recent reports of West Nile being reported, it is important to know how to protect your skin. Dr Ingraham has been interviewed and she helps us walk through what sprays, lotions and even clothing we should try to avoid during the peek of Mosquito outbreaks. Above is the full interview where she  offers tips on  how to protect your skin and your children’s skin from the pesky mosquito bite. Bites can be itchy and extremely irritating.  Here are some of the tips she offers. 

 Prevention tips:

  • Avoid Wearing Heavy Fragrance – Bugs are attracted to fragrance, so avoid wearing too much perfume or heavily scented product, including scented hair spray and lotions.


  • Cover Up – When going out, especially in the evening, wear long sleeves and pants.


  • Use Insect Repellant – Wearing clothing from head to toe is not always practical on hot, humid days (although covering up can also protect you from too much sun exposure).


  • Use Natural Oils – You can also use your own blends of essential oils like citronella, lemon grass and peppermint oil diluted with a bit of jojoba oil.


  • Resist the Itch – Don’t scratch the mosquito bite! Scratching the itch of the bug bite might provide temporary relief but it also causes more skin trauma and this can lead to hyperpigmentation. Scratching can also allow bacteria from your fingertips and under the fingernails to get into the small break in the skin caused by the bite and cause an infection.


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About Dr. Sherry Ingraham:

Dr. Sherry N. Ingraham is a board certified dermatologist licensed in Texas with extensive training in skin cancer, psoriasis, medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Ingraham received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology/Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans where she also earned a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After an internship at Christus St. Joseph Hospital, she completed Dermatology Residency at Tulane Medical Center Department of Dermatology.

Speaking on dermatology and skin care across Texas, Dr. Ingraham has made great contributions to her field through presentations, research and publications. She is frequently featured in the media speaking as an expert on skin care conditions and treatments.

Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Women’s Dermatologic Society, Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and American Medical Association.