Summer is finally here, now it’s the perfect time for outdoor activities, traveling, swimming, and every activity that demands sunny weather to do. However, summer does not bring fun and joy, mosquitos are also included in the package. Mosquito bites are a very common thing during the summer, but most people have temporary swellings and itchy feelings, but some people experience discomforting irritations that can last for days. If you want to protect your skin, then keep reading.
Sometimes you think that you are a mosquito magnet simply because the annoying insects roam around you everywhere and every time. Mosquitos are mainly attracted to these things:
- Chemical compounds
- Heat and movement
Mosquitos love bacteria and the human skin is full of bacteria and microbes, and that makes us an open buffet to them. They are also attracted to chemical compounds like carbon dioxide (side note: male mosquitos want the chemical compounds and female mosquitos want your blood to make eggs). Mosquitos are also attracted to heat and movement, that is why mosquitos roam around you when you’re training.
Use a good repellent
To keep mosquitos at bay, make sure to use a good repellent and follow the following steps:
- Cover your skin with clothes
- Stay inside your house when it’s mosquito rush hour
- Keep mosquitos away from mosquitos
- Use a repellent that has DEET
- Avoid standing water
If you want to repel mosquitos naturally, then you’re in the right place:
- Burn candles because mosquitos avoid smoke and fire
- Eat garlic to keep mosquitos away from you
- Alter the scent of your skin by taking a B-1 vitamin dose each and every day to make yourself unattractive to mosquitos
- Apply citronella oil frequently.
How to Treat Itchy Bites
You should avoid scratching mosquito bites because if you do so, you higher your chances of getting an infection. Use these following methods to soothe mosquito bites:
- Put a cold washcloth or ice on the itchy area
- Apply calamine lotion
- Take an antihistamine
- Frequently clean the area with soap and water.
Sometimes, everything fails because you have an allergy and it triggered an allergic reaction. If everything fails, try these alternative options:
- Reduce swellings and soothe the itchy feeling using aloe vera
- Curb itching with Listerine
- Apply Vicks VapoRub to the bitten area with a cotton swab to soothe itchy skin
- Reduce the chances of getting an infection using honey.