Gnats becoming a big problem

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – Gnats, they’re everywhere.

“Right now, we’re seeing a surge in these biting midges,” Dr. Sherry Ingraham said. “Patients are even saying they’re getting swarmed!”

Even when you can’t see them, they’ll find you,

Ingraham, of Advanced Dermatology, said she’s averaging five patients a week, like Susie Wilkins, all coming in with welts from gnat bites.

“I was treating it as poison ivy at first and then when it wouldn’t go away, I came in and they said it was gnat bites,” Susie Wilkins said.

Wilkins says she was gardening when the nuisances got her.

“They just swarm and you don’t feel them. They’re just irritating and a couple of hours later they swell.”

Dr. Ingraham says some people react to gnat bites with this intense swelling and some have a reaction that is similar to hives. Gnats are mostly found in damp, outdoor locations.

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