Fun Fact Friday – Mosquito Bites
- Female mosquitoes need protein to lay their eggs and get it by feeding on warm-blooded creatures. If a mosquito bites an infected animal or a person, then bites you, it can pass the disease to your blood through its saliva.
- A mosquito uses heat sensors on its antennae and around its mouthparts to locate capillaries near the skin’s surface. The mosquito has a proboscis, a long pointed mouthpart, uses it to pierce the skin and to tap the capillary.
- Because the puncture is so small, we often don’t feel the bite when it happens. But the after effects can be very annoying and potentially harmful.
- The bumps and itchiness that follow come from an anticoagulant that the mosquito injects to prevent your blood from clotting, which triggers a mild allergic reaction that includes the typical round, red bumps.
- Ideally, you want to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and long pants or other protective measures. But if you are bitten, there are many natural remedies that can provide symptom relief and help treat the affected area.
- For people who are more sensitive to mosquito bites, the healing time can take longer than for those less susceptible
- To reduce swelling and numb the itch away, an ice pack does the trick. If you have too many bites to count, go for a cold shower
- Almost all mosquito-bite illnesses have similar symptoms: Fever, Body aches, Rash & Headache
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