Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them

Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them
Let me break two beliefs right away; Mosquitoes do not bite and they do not feed on blood for food….

In the middle of your quiet sleep, suddenly you wake up scratching your hand and leg. The villain who disturbed your peaceful sleep is none other than mosquito. Mosquito bite is annoying, itchy, painful and above all irritating. It is the same small creature which does not allow your little one to play at peace in the park. They come back home complaining of itching and pain with swelling.

Have you ever wondered Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them

Let me break two beliefs right away; Mosquitoes do not bite and they do not feed on blood for food….

Mosquitoes do not feed on blood for Food

Both male and female mosquitoes get required nutrients not from blood, but from nectar. So why do they need blood. From blood mosquitoes get protein and iron needed to develop their eggs. Female mosquito feeds on blood, only when she’s developing eggs. 

Mosquitoes do not Bite

The mosquito with her proboscis, which is a straw-like mouthpart, pierces into the upper layer of skin. The mosquito then uses her proboscis to search for a good pumping blood vessel in the dermal layer. She then releases some of her saliva into the wound. Mosquito saliva contains an anti-coagulant protein which prevents the blood from clotting and allows her to suck blood into the belly until she is finished with her meal. 

Now the important question… Why Mosquito Bites Itch

It’s not the piercing with proboscis that causes itching, but the saliva from mosquitoes. The saliva comprising of 19 enzymes along with anti-coagulant protein sparks the allergic reaction. Body’s immune system responds to these allergens by releasing histamines which causes itching, inflammation, and swelling. In addition mast cells also contribute towards itching by releasing a substance other than histamine which are sensed by peripheral neurons causing a cascade of signals to the central nervous system.

So How to get rid of this Itch and Swelling…. Try out After Bite Roll On from Mamaearth

Try this product with anti-inflammatory properties which is made from 100% natural blend of essential oils for mosquito bites. It has no ammonia, alcohol, preservatives, mineral oil or chemicals.

Try this product with  anti-inflammatory properties  which is made from 100% natural blend of essential oils for mosquito bites. It has no ammonia, alcohol, preservatives, mineral oil or chemicals.  This product made using ingredients like chamomile, lavender, calendula and peppermint oil provides quick relief from rashes and itching due to mosquito. Since all ingredients used are natural and free of toxins they are totally safe on sensitive skin of babies.

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Chikungunya ‘bit’ India in 2016: over 58,000 cases across country

Chikungunya is caused by Alphavirus and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

Chikangunya continued its menace across states in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.  2016, June – September months reported maximum number of cases across India, especially in Delhi and Karnataka.  As per data from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, as of 31st Dec 2016, across country there have been a total of 58136 cases (actual numbers should be way more) .

Key findings:

  • Karnataka topped the chart with 13,506 cases
  • Delhi recorded a total of 12,221 cases. This definitely is a matter of concern keeping in mind the size of the state

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