When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, mosquito bites seagull to unavoidable evil, especially in warm, humid weather. When they sting, mosquitoes inject a proboscis, which looks like a tiny straw, to suck up small amounts of your blood and release anti-clotting agents. The immune system reacts by releasing histamine, which creates a small, itchy bump. In other words, what you know about a mosquito bite is not the bite itself, but your body’s allergic reaction to bite leaves hind.
Mosquito bites can be dangerous, too. Children are more susceptible to large and pesky mosquito bites than adults, and while most bites are harmless, some people have a severe, even life-threatening allergic reaction.
If you’re in a tropical area, it’s important to know that mosquito bites also have Zika, dengue, or chikungunya. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information on preventive measures.
The best way to prevent mosquito bites naturally is to avoid the bugs themselves and know your own risk. Mosquitoes are attracted to larger people and pregnant women. They are attracted to sweet-smelling lotions and perfumes.
Know that some mosquito breeds prefer dawn and dusk, while others love the hottest times of the day. Steer clear of standing water, where mosquitoes breed and swarm, and cover up and wear light-colored long sleeves and pants when they’re near to infested area. If you can, try to sleep in an air-conditioned area (versus an open-air room), or consider putting mosquito netting around beds.
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