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Mosquito Bites and Remedies

Natural Mosquito Remedies
Studies suggest that some natural anti-inflammatory remedies, in some people are very effective mosquito bite remedies: papaverine (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology) and oral evening primrose oil (Lancet). You might find both of these products in a health food store.
More natural preventions and remedies against mosquito bites are:

• Stings or bites can be cooled and soothed with ice cubes, water, or cold drink cans
• Avoid concentrated perfumes and strong hair sprays in the summer as insects are attracted to smells
• To prevent getting bitten, use organic repellents

Mosquito Senses
Mosquitoes have extremely poor eyesight. Their compound eyes are in a spherical arrangement and the eyes are separated by blind spots. At 30 feet they have difficulty distinguishing people from other objects of similar size and shape (tree stumps, large containers, etc.). When they get within 10 feet, however, they can sense body heat, at which point they can locate their victim.

How Mosquitoes Bite
The female mosquito injects her saliva with stabs from her needle-like mouthparts through the skin of her victim, -- teeming with digestive enzymes and anti-coagulants. There is no reaction the first time a person is bitten.. The person becomes sensitized with subsequent mosquito bites, to the foreign proteins, and small, itchy, red bumps are likely to appear about 24 hours later.

Relieving Mosquito Bite Itch
You could make a remedy yourself, if your child is suffering from an annoying insect bite.
The simplest anti-itching compound for relieving mosquito bite itch is a paste that is easily made from ingredients commonly found in most households. The paste can be made by using only baking soda and water. Pour some baking soda into a small bowl and mix it with enough water to make a sticky paste. Spread the mixture on the irritated bite(s) for instant relief. Calamine lotion works in a similar way (though the effect usually lasts longer).

Mosquitoes and Humidity
Mosquito bites are more common in humid climates because mosquito thermal sensing is more acute when there is high humidity. It can increase by up to three times. To avoid mosquitoes you can avoid exposing yourself to highly humid areas.

Why Mosquitoes Bite
It is only the females that bite and they do so out of necessity rather than pleasure. Female Mosquitoes seek blood when they are preparing to lay eggs to produce healthy offspring. The normal diet of the mosquito consists of plant juices which contain none of the proteins a female needs in order to produce her eggs. She needs a concentrated source of protein, such as that of human blood.

How Mosquito Bites Affect People
The Mosquitoes when they bite are injecting saliva containing anti-coagulants (which prevent blood from clotting) into their victim. A body’s immune system as a result of this, will respond, causing itching, burning, and swelling.
The mosquito bite effects on a person will depend on their sensitivity. In most cases, swelling and itching subsides within several hours. Some discomfort may persist for several days in highly sensitive people.
*Infection can result from scratching mosquito bites if bacteria under fingernails are transferred to the wounds.

Inflamed Mosquito Bites
What can you do about those pesky, itchy bites?! There are many remedies to help alleviate irritating mosquito bites. Anti inflammatory drugs are good mosquito bite remedies. Naproxen (Alieve) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can reduce redness, itching, pain, swelling and fever as well.
Topical steroid creams of various strengths are also useful. Reactions to mosquito bites, occasionally, can be severe enough to warrant systemic steroids. Some people are more prone to reactions from mosquito bites than others.
Calamine Lotion is the most common treatment for mosquito bites.. The soothing lotion can provide relief from itching or burning during the time it will take for a bite to heal.

Treating Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bite treatments include:
• antihistamines
• cool compresses
• anti-inflammatory medicines
• anti-itching compounds

Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel, for a cool compress, or soak a washcloth in cold water and press it on the bite (packaged frozen foods also work well). The treatments listed above are available in most grocery, convenience, and drug stores.
Some individuals, however, are more prone to more severe reactions to mosquito bites than others. Don’t underestimate the severity of the situation, if none of the treatments above alleviate the discomfort caused by a bite. Seek medical attention to assess the problem.

Mosquitoes Prefer Birds
Humans are not the first choice for most mosquitoes. Mosquitoes seem to prefer bird hosts over any other host. Mosquitoes are better able to track the scent of animals that are the most abundant in their habitat. So, if you're in an area with lots of animals you're probably less likely to be singled out as a meal.


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