Reducing the Risk of Mosquito Bite
Can mosquito bites be prevented? In many cases, the answer is yes. Insect repellent, protective clothing, and being aware of peak mosquito hours are all important steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Besides chemicals and keeping a clean environment, how can you keep mosquitoes away? There are helpful ways to keep them at bay.Lower cholesterol level
Lower your body's cholesterol. Eating more vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains than meat, shellfish, high-fat dairy and eggs, plus a substantive amount of work-out time will help a lot – just as a dietitian, nutritionist, and experts wearing medical lab coats will say.Lower the uric acid level
Lower the uric acid level in the blood circulation by decreased intake of high-fructose and Purine rich foods. You will have to avoid red meat, seafood, alcoholic beverages, bread, caffeine, and sucrose-containing processed food and soda. You should instead increase water intake to flush away uric acid excess. Fruit juices, vegetable soups and milk will also help. Pour in more lime juice and eat more cherries, bananas, apple and other potassium and carbohydrate rich food as they can also reduce uric acid in the blood. Also get the benefit of salmon, olive oil and flax seeds intake. However, avoid beans, legumes, red meat, mushrooms, organ meats, seafood, and other protein and purine rich foods. You also need to check the medications that you take as some may increase blood uric acid levels.Reduce lactic acid
Reduce lactic acid in the muscles. Hard work-outs or any activities requiring release of too much energy enable increased production of lactate in the muscles. Do not overwork your muscles. Exercise moderately, allowing the heart to pump and the lungs to work harder. Avoid alcohol, and drink plenty water instead. It is believed by many physical trainers that vitamin C and potassium both help muscles release greater quantities of lactic acid. Increased intake of citrus fruits and juice, as well as potassium rich food such as bananas and kiwi can help. Avoid or reduce carbohydrates and fats intake because they produce lactic acid.Stay indoors
When you are panting and most likely releasing more carbon dioxide, better stay in a place where mosquitoes cannot do you harm. Pregnant women, who produce more carbon dioxide, are especially at risk. So staying indoors is important, whenever possible.Using Insect Repellent for Mosquito Bite Prevention
In order to reduce your risk of mosquito bites, use insect repellent on exposed skin when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent, such as one with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even being outdoors for a short time can be long enough to get a mosquito bite. Use double protection: wear long sleeves during peak mosquito biting hours, and spray repellent directly onto your clothes.Wearing Protective Clothing
can help reduce mosquito bites. When weather permits, wear long
sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite
through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing
permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will provide extra
protection. Do not apply repellents containing permethrin directly to
skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
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