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Monika asked the Naked Scientists:

When I was younger mosquito bites didn't seem to bother me so much. There was hardly an itch and not much swelling either. Now they itch strongly and swell up more. I wonder if the mosquito saliva has become more "poisonous" in the last years. I don't suffer from allergies, my psoriasis is annoyingly enough.

Luckily I don't get bitten much.

Gre from Germany

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« Reply #1 on: 08/05/2008 21:06:12 »
I am no expert but have known someone with your reactions only in reverse and they found she was deficient in certain vitamins and when they corrected the deficiency her reaction became less severe and very tolerable.. but when she was down again then her bites were worse.. once regular monitoring began they were able to have her increase her uptake of certain foods to bring up her levels  and prevent such serious effects.

 I don't know if that would help you, but getting it checked could help at least it couldn't hurt!

I wonder if you are lacking certain vitamins now that you are a adult.

I know us women have big changes in our body chemistry as we age.. loss of calcium and such.. It might be a thought!
« Last Edit: 08/05/2008 21:08:19 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #2 on: 09/05/2008 09:09:57 »
Eating better is always a good thing, I'm eating a lot of veggies, YUM. Perhaps I should have my vitamin levels checked, worth a try.

The worst thing about those bites  is, that they might develop into new psoriasis spots, so I try to avoid scratching. Anything that will reduce the itch is helpful.

I hope to get some ideas from this, it's not life threatening, but annoying for sure!

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« Reply #3 on: 09/05/2008 11:09:58 »
Monika as far as I know that i's mainly the female mosquitoes
who are feeding on human blood for their young. And they can smell
the sweetest type of blood from a long distance away,

Only the midges like biting me to bits. I like my healthy diet too., VEg, FRuit, fish etc, MMMMM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito

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« Reply #4 on: 09/05/2008 11:50:04 »
Monika as far as I know that i's mainly the female mosquitoes
who are feeding on human blood for their young.
Yep... I learned that while studying biology at the university, the females are the "suckers"  ;D

Since our climate gets warmer, esp. warmer winters, we'll get more of them. The eggs and larvae simply survive in larger numbers. <sigh>

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« Reply #5 on: 09/05/2008 13:25:30 »
Here too sometimes both winter and summer.. not every winter but many when the cold is more mild.

Hey I just had someone send me something about rubbing a dryer fabric softener sheet across your clothes and carry and unused one in your pocket.. I haven't tried it but it said that it helps keep you mosquito free.. might be worth a try if your not allergic.. just put one in your pocket... might work!

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« Reply #6 on: 09/05/2008 14:04:01 »
Or citronella into your clothes or in your food then it's in your
blood so that puts the mozzie (mosquitos) off

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« Reply #7 on: 09/05/2008 14:08:18 »
Hey I just had someone send me something about rubbing a dryer fabric softener sheet across your clothes and carry and unused one in your pocket.. I haven't tried it but it said that it helps keep you mosquito free.. might be worth a try if your not allergic.. just put one in your pocket... might work!

Luckily I'm not too attractive to mosquitoes, so I only get bitten once in a while. It might be the essential oils and perfumes in the softener sheet that work like a repellent, but I haven't heard about it before.
When I'm in mosquito land (a.k.a. Sweden) I use DEET containing repellents on exposed skin and nets.

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« Reply #8 on: 09/05/2008 14:38:22 »
Or citronella into your clothes or in your food then it's in your
blood so that puts the mozzie (mosquitos) off
Yeah I guess the stem is not used so contains no pollen so  it should be safe but would it detour the mosquitos... I think it is good for hayfever  but does it work in the food to detour them....?

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« Reply #9 on: 14/05/2008 18:32:31 »
Thank you Naked Scientist for the answer om the show!

But for once I'm not happy that I'm getting better at something! I'd rather have my immune system forget about reacting more efficiently to mosquito bites. *whine* ;)

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« Reply #10 on: 24/11/2010 21:54:01 »
Dear all, first let me start with saying that I am doing a report on mosquitoes with my friend (we are in our last year of high school) and we did an experiment, where we tested if consuming garlic, alcohol and vitamin B would have any effect on mosquitoes. now I am wondering if you could give me a more detailed answer as to what exactly attracts the mosquito (to us, human beings)? and do you perhaps know what components are in the saliva of a mosquito? (if this is too general; I would be mostly interested in the Anopheles kind - Anopheles Atroparvus - to be exact)
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Greetings M. Kuypers

 

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