Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me More than Others?
Mosquitoes can put a real wrench in anyone's outdoor plans, especially if they’re attracted to you. Mosquito bites cause uncomfortable itching and a skin reaction and can also carry diseases. You may notice that some people are more susceptible to these pesky insects than others. For example, some may experience a swarm of mosquito bites, while others may remain unscathed.
In this article, we'll explain why some people are more likely to attract mosquitoes than others.
There are many myths about why mosquitoes bite certain people more than others. The most famous old wives' tale about mosquitoes warns that sweet blood is a major magnet for these insects. There's no science behind these myths, and most speculations are unfounded. However, you are correct in thinking mosquitoes bite some more than others. Here's a look at the top myths about mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes Love Sweet Blood
It is a common myth that mosquitoes are attracted to people with sweet blood. Mosquitoes are attracted to chemicals in our sweat and skin, not how we taste.
Eating Bananas Attracts Mosquitoes
Another myth is that eating bananas can attract mosquitoes. No scientific evidence supports this claim, so continue enjoying these sweet fruits!
Mosquitoes Love Happy Hour
Some believe that mosquitoes are attracted to booze. It turns out that your blood alcohol level has no impact on mosquitoes.
Perfumes Attract Mosquitoes
While mosquitoes are attracted to scents, it is not just perfume that they sniff out. They are attracted to the natural smell of human bodies, including sweat.
Dark Clothing Attracts Mosquitoes More Than Bright Colors
A popular myth is that dark clothing attracts mosquitoes, not a specific color.
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me More than Others?
Now that we've busted some age-old myths, let's dive into the science behind mosquitoes and what makes them a buzz! If you've ever spent a warm evening enjoying dinner al fresco with friends, you may have noticed that some people experience mosquito bites while others barely notice them. This is because mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others.
We’re unveiling why mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others.
Studies show mosquitoes are more attracted to people with Type-O blood than those with Type-A or Type-B blood. This is because Type-O blood contains a specific antigen that mosquitoes are more attracted to.
Mosquitoes are attracted mainly to body scents and odors. If you produce more sweat or have a higher body temperature, mosquitoes are more likely to bite you.
Carbon dioxide is a significant factor for mosquitoes. We exhale carbon dioxide when we breathe, which is an immediate magnet for mosquitoes. People with a higher body mass index (BMI) and pregnant women tend to exhale more carbon dioxide, attracting more mosquitoes.
Finally, genetics may affect how attractive you are to mosquitoes. Some people naturally produce chemicals that repel mosquitoes, while others produce chemicals that attract them.
How Does the Body React to Mosquito Bites?
If you've ever experienced a mosquito bite, you'll recognize the familiar skin irritation and desire to itch; this is your body's response to the insect's saliva. When a mosquito bites, it injects saliva into the skin. The saliva contains anticoagulants and other foreign proteins that stop the blood from clotting, allowing the mosquito to feed. Our body's immune system produces a localized allergic reaction in response to these foreign proteins, which cause swelling, redness, and itchiness. The reaction is normal and usually harmless; however, depending on the person's body and immune system, their response may be more extreme than others. It's also essential to note that scratching or itching the bite can lead to infection and may need further medical attention.
How to Soothe Mosquito Bites
While there's no true treatment for mosquito bites, you may want to lessen the symptoms of a mosquito bite. Tecnu Calagel Anti-Itch Gel is an excellent choice for fast relief. This topical anti-itch product provides comfort and is easily applied to the skin. Better yet, it goes on clear and stays clear. Calagel can also be used for other itchy issues, including poison ivy/oak, insect bites, sunburn, minor burns, and other skin irritations.