The mother of all mosquito bites caused a Jiangsu man’s face to swell up like a balloon for around two months, Chinese media reports.
The victim of the insect’s vicious kiss is a 30-year-old man named Zhang, who works for a printing house in Kunshan. Zhang said he clearly remembers being bitten by a ‘skeeter as he was working the night shift on May 26.
He said he squeezed the bite to help relieve the itching, and the skin around the bump began rising until his whole face was so swollen he could barely open his eyes.
The man visited a local hospital but doctors weren’t able to treat him. On June 15, he caught a fever and was finally sent to the Luoyang Dongfang Hospital in Henan Province, where he was diagnosed with neonatal scleroderma, a rare autoimmune condition which causes areas of the skin to become hard and thick.
Because all of Zhang’s internal organs were functioning normally and his blood tests came back fine, he believes that the mosquito bite triggered the bodily response.
His doctor told him to that continual use of a cold compress would stop the swelling.
By Maggie Wong