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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying all the way around; the itch of their bite can send you through the roof and the high pitched aggravating noise they produce will bug the stew out of anyone.

In case you were not aware of the following fact; only female mosquitoes draw blood and go from victim to victim, which also leads to spreading diseases like malaria, dengue fever and the West Nile virus.

They lay their eggs in shallow, stagnant water like ponds, marshes and swamps. Those can be found practically anywhere and when you know you will be spending time outside it would be wise to wear khaki or beige apparel because mosquitoes are not attracted to these colors.

They may be drawn to certain smells present in soap, shampoos and lotions. Best is to use these either in moderation or to use unscented varieties. To avoid mosquito bites; using citronella or insect repellent may be very helpful; apply mosquito repellents in moderation and only to exposed skin or clothing.

In case you get bitten anyway, you can try the following to relieve the itch:
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area in order to reduce swelling.
- You can take mild antihistamines and anti-itching compounds.
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can also be effective.
- A paste made from baking soda and water may be helpful.
- Use Calamine lotion.
- A compress of vinegar on the bite may ease both the itch and the swelling.

I don't know how effective those new clip on mosquito repellents are, but they might be worth trying. If they work well, they not only prevent bites, but save you from having to listen to that aggravating noise as well; that would be like killing two birds with one stone.

Okay, okay; in this case it would be like swatting away many mosquitoes!

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