Summer Health Alert: Avoiding Mosquito Bites

There are plenty of remedies out there to repel mosquitoes from biting adults and children. Given the associated health risks, such as West Nile Virus and the transmission of other diseases, it is understandable why many would try anything to get rid of these pests. Unfortunately, not many of these remedies actually work.  What’s worse is some people attract mosquitoes more than others. This can be for various reasons, such as the amount of bacteria on your body to the heat and carbon each person transmits into the air. Pregnant women and small children are probably the most likely to be bitten for those very reasons.

Tips on avoiding mosquito bites include covering up (wearing long sleeves and pants), avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, and eating garlic to repel these bloodsuckers. At least two of these options are not reasonable given summer time temperatures; most of the United States is extremely hot and most people stay outside longer when the weather is warmer.  What’s worse, most people run outside during dusk and dawn to avoid the summer time heat…this is prime time for mosquitoes. What a girl to do?

Apparently, not much will work to naturally repel mosquitoes unless you avoid going out at times when they’re especially active. Some suggestions known to reduce the number of bites include sitting next to fans—the force of the wind prevents them from coming too close. Another method of reducing bites is using drug store mosquito repellants. Make sure to do some research on the ingredients in your specific formula; some ingredients can have a very harsh smell (even in unscented formulas), which will make both you and the mosquito sick.

More cases of West Nile are reported every year and some cases have been fatal, so make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html to look for signs and symptoms of West Nile and stay safe!

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