It is impossible for dengue to spread directly from person to person; it is, rather, transmitted through the bite of female mosquitoes – mosquitoes that get infected when they bite and take the blood from a person who has already been infected with the virus. The mosquito can subsequently spread the virus by biting a healthy person. Dengue fever is just one of the typical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes besides Zika, Malaria, Chikungunya. Preventing mosquito bites is therefore an absolute must.
There are many ways you can try to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes face a lot of difficulty flying when there is nearly any type of breeze. You can, as a result, keep mosquito bites at bay if you can pick a breezy spot for your summer hang-out. The benefit of switching on fans for this purpose is also undeniably helpful. Since mosquitoes are inclined to fly close to the ground for fear of wind, you should keep the air flow aiming for the lower part of your body.
Furthermore, mosquitoes stay most active from dusk to dawn, so you can avoid outdoor activities during this time. If there exist any tears in the screens on your doors, and windows, make sure you fix them as soon as you can. Plus, don’t forget to make use of mosquito netting when you are sleeping outside.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
It is carbon dioxide that mosquitoes mostly seek to spot food sources. And when there is a rise in the heart rate, more carbon dioxide is produced. Exercise, alcohol or spicy foods consumption, and things upping the metabolic rate play a role in giving carbon dioxide production a boost, making you prone to mosquitoes. Some researchers assume that people who are obese or pregnant women can release more carbon dioxide.
Insect repellents that are effective in expelling mosquito bites include DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (a plant-based compound), and icaridin, also known as picaridin. Most of these exert a temporary effect, but DEET can provide a more long-lived protection. You are highly recommended to peruse the label before using it. Do not apply spray repellents indoors and around your food.
If you want to use the repellent together with sunscreen, put your sunscreen on first, and apply the repellent after around 20 minutes. With DEET, do not spray DEET on your body and clothes like the way you do with perfume. Rather, you should squirt a bit onto your hands and rub it onto your forehead, elbows, ankles, wrists, thin-skin areas.
Moreover, you can skip wearable DEET items. DEET helps prevent mosquito bites thanks to its power of blocking the mosquito’s carbon dioxide receptors when the mosquito touches down on your skin and exposes to the DEET. Mosquitoes will not bite you even when they land on your skin. Therefore, if this repellent does not touch your skin, it will not have any effect.
Remember that dark colors can be more attractive to mosquitoes, so you can wear light colors avoid them.
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Review Date: August 31, 2017 | Last Modified: August 31, 2017
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