Do Mosquitoes Love You?
Are there any natural ways to prevent getting mosquito bites? Once you've been unlucky enough to get bitten, are there any ways to stop the itch and swelling?
Mosquitoes are definitely attracted to some people more than others. And some people react more strongly to mosquito bites than others. I'm no fan of chemical sprays like Off and Cutter's, because the active ingredient - Deet - feels nasty and is toxic.
You can try using one of the natural bug-repellents that you'll find in health-food stores. Frankly, though, I think these work only if the mosquitoes are not too populous, and if you apply the stuff frequently.
Some friends swear by a skin lotion called "Skin-So-Soft" made by Avon, which seems to offer some protection. Other ways to escape include going indoors at mosquito feeding time - generally at dusk - or wearing long-sleeved, loose-fitting clothing and tucking your pants into your socks. For some reason, black and white fabrics particularly seem to attract the bugs. So all you "downtown" types might go for earth tones when in the country.
Once you're bitten, you can try a couple of things. I use a bit of Red Tiger Balm dabbed on the bite to distract myself from the itching. Some people use aloe vera.
If you can reduce your allergic responsiveness through changes in your diet or mental attitude, mosquito bites may not bother you so much. It's something you can experiment with. Try eating garlic or reducing the protein in your diet. High levels of protein can irritate the immune system, aggravating your reactivity by making it more difficult for cells to recognize foreign materials in the body.
You also may want to try taking vitamin B-1 regularly during the summer months. Mosquitoes seem to find some people's blood a little less palatable after a few weeks of supplements.