Especially in hot climates and high humidity mosquitoes They are one of the insects that most often disturb and cause discomfort to humans. In general, their bites do not cause serious health problems other than from itching and inflammation produced in the affected area.
To keep mosquitoes from biting scientist explains win-win trick if you are a person who is prone to flying insects flying on your skin.
Eloy Sansresearcher and professor of engineering at Rey Juan Carlos University and Doctor of Chemistry, through his Twitter account announced how to relieve itching from a mosquito bite.
Target set this area to about 50 degrees. “The burning sensation from a mosquito bite is due to our body’s reaction to the proteins they inject us with their saliva,” he says. Therefore, “when exposed to heat, proteins are denatured and itching disappears.”
To reach this temperature, Sans claims that it is enough to heat a bag of seeds in the microwave, “or any metal cutlery in a water bath and apply it for a few seconds”. If you don’t have these ingredients, it also means that applying a heat dryer is a good option.
It should be noted that mosquitoes have a highly developed sense of smell, which allows them to detect chemicals in the environment. and thus find food. In addition to human blood, mosquitoes also feed on nectar. That’s why some floral perfumes can make us even more attractive insect prey.
Why do mosquitoes bite you?
If you want to avoid being bitten by a mosquito, keep in mind that the following aspects make it attractive to these animals:
- Creams: those that contain alpha hydroxy acids, a form of lactic acid, can help attract attention.
- Blood Type: Mosquitoes bite more people with blood type 0.
- Diet: Eating fermented foods such as cheese or beer attracts mosquitoes.
- Body size: the larger the person, the more heat it radiates, which means the more it attracts these insects.
Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes
It is found mainly in countries with tropical and subtropical climates. The causative agent of dengue fever is a dangerous virus from the Flaviviridae family, which, having settled in the human body, can experience symptoms of the disease 4-10 days after being bitten by a vector mosquito.
A high and persistent fever is one of its tell-tale signs and appears accompanied by muscle fatigue and sometimes vomiting.
The disease usually causes mild symptoms, although it sometimes leads to severe dengue fever, causing serious complications that can be fatal.
Zika fever is a viral disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), presenting with mild fever, rash (mainly maculopapular), headache, joint pain, muscle pain, general malaise, and non-suppurative conjunctivitis occurring 2 to 7 days after being bitten by a vector mosquito.
One in four infected people may develop symptoms, but those who do get sick usually have a mild illness, with symptoms lasting 2 to 7 days. The clinical picture is often similar to dengue fever, which is also transmitted by mosquitoes.
Malaria, also called paludism, is acute parasitic infection transmitted by the bite of one of the female mosquitoes of the family anopheles and which, according to the WHO, causes more than 400,000 deaths each year, mostly among children under the age of five.
The mosquito usually acts in warm and tropical climates Africa and parts of South America and Asia. High fever causing tremors and chills is one of its main symptoms, although the patient may also present with vomiting, nausea, muscle pain and anemia. Although serious, this disease being treated and hence cures in many cases.
It is so named because jaundice, which implies a yellowish tint to the skin, is one of its main symptoms along with others such as fever, muscle pain or fatigue.
Yellow fever is a serious illness caused by a virus endemic to tropical Africa, Central and South America, according to the WHO.
Through mosquito bites, the virus spreads and, after an incubation period of 3-4 days, causes the first symptoms, which can become very serious if the disease becomes hemorrhagic. Fortunately, there is already a vaccine to prevent and prevent yellow fever.
Leishmaniasis is a disease that we usually associate with dogs, but that humans can also suffer from. It is caused by a tiny parasite that enters the bloodstream of those infected through the bite of a mosquito (phlebotomine) that has previously bitten another infected person. There are several types of leishmaniasis, each with different symptoms. Some are limited to a rash, but others can become very severe.
The best way to prevent diseases caused by protect yourself from mosquito bites and protect your family from these bites. Wear insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers, and keep mosquitoes out by using air conditioning or installing screens on windows and doors.
If you cannot protect yourself from mosquitoes in your home or hotel, sleep on beds with mosquito nets.