Mosquito season: what blood type these bloodsuckers hunt for and how to deal with the consequences of bites

By Jurassic JennMay 9, 2024 15:33 PMHealth
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Mosquito season. Source: www.mosquitomagnet.com

With the onset of warmth and sunny days, the threat of becoming a "victim" of mosquitoes increases. They "torment" people from the beginning of warm spring until the fall. An annoying sound, bites, itching: these are just several consequences of an encounter with such insects.

We will tell you when mosquitoes "go hunting" and how to deal with the consequences of bites below. This was reported by SSPDaily.

When does the mosquito season begin?

In Ukraine, the mosquito season usually begins in late spring. Their activity is influenced by air temperature and weather. The most favorable temperature for them is about +25°C. At the same time, if the summer is hot, mosquitoes will live less.

The most favorable time for mosquitoes to be active is between 20:00-22:00 and 04:00-06:00. It is at this time that humidity and temperature become the most favorable for insects.

Mosquitoes reproduction is facilitated by the presence of standing water, high air temperature and high humidity. Such sources can include rain puddles, ponds around the house and outdoor pools, as well as water catchers such as buckets or plant pots.

Early spring is the optimal time to start preventive measures against mosquitoes as this is the time when they begin to actively breed.

Eliminating standing water and treating potential breeding grounds with insecticides can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes throughout the season.

What blood type do mosquitoes "like"?

Your blood type determines whether you will become a victim of mosquitoes.

A group of scientists managed to find out why this happens. According to them, they choose the world's most popular blood type - the first - and then the second.

However, those who have an elevated body temperature due to genetics, recent physical activity, illness, or pregnancy can also attract the attention of insects.

Even clothes can become a magnet for mosquitoes, including black, navy blue, or red color.

And another study showed that mosquitoes are attracted to people who drank beer. This did not depend on any of the above factors.

Doctors also recommend not taking risks and treating your skin and clothes with special products. After all, mosquito bites can cause a severe allergic reaction. To do this, add spray or cream on a small area of skin to make sure that the skin does not react to the product.

What happens after a mosquito bite

During a bite, the mosquito pierces the skin with its proboscis to suck in blood. In addition, the mosquito also leaves behind some saliva containing proteins that your body perceives as unwanted guests.

To protect you, the body releases compounds known as histamines. These, in turn, cause itching, inflammation, and swelling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquito bites can cause severe itching in children, people who have not been bitten by certain types of mosquitoes before, or people with immune system disorders.

However, serious allergic reactions from mosquito bites are rare.

Signs that indicate that you should see a doctor:

  • hives
  • swelling and redness outside the bite site
  • difficulty breathing

In addition, you can increase your risk of contracting pathogens by exposing yourself to bacteria that are present in the environment and under your nails.

What to do if you are bitten by mosquitoes

There are several ways to help after a severe mosquito bite. First, wash the affected area with soap and water. Then apply an ice pack for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and itching. Repeat if necessary.

To reduce itching:

  • mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste
  • apply the paste to the bite site
  • wait 10 minutes
  • rinse off the paste.

You can also use an over-the-counter itch cream or antihistamine cream.

What not to use for mosquito bites

According to scientists, there are a number of products that, on the contrary, will not help alleviate your condition, and sometimes can make it even worse, namely cause skin irritation, dryness, and burns.

Among them are:

  • honey
  • oatmeal baths
  • Aloe vera
  • garlic
  • lemon or lime juice
  • toothpaste
  • vinegar
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