With summer drawing to a close, you may have noticed some pesky, scratchy bumps appearing all over your arms, legs, or possibly even your face. Perhaps you make an ‘X’ indentation to prevent the itching or slather your arms with calamine lotion. Know what I’m talking about yet?
And what’s peskier than being out with a group of friends and being the only one who gets bitten?
Turns out, there might be a couple explanations for that. So, if you’re the friend in your group who is constantly being chomped on by these bugs, here are the 8 reasons why plus some tips on how to avoid it from happening.
1. Carbon Dioxide: Go easy on the breathing. Or at least, the exhaling. Turns out that, like plants, mosquitos are actually drawn to carbon dioxide. So this might be what’s causing the troubles for you. This can also affect people with larger body masses who give off more CD such as people who are pregnant.
2. Body Temperature: This could be the root of your troubles. If you’re super hot and sweaty all the time this could be calling the blood sucking pests to your neck. Again this can cause larger or pregnant people to be subject to a feeding. Don’t forget the bug spray.
3. Blood Type: I guess this one is a given, but I honestly hadn’t thought of it. A small study found that people with blood type O are more susceptive to getting bitten than people with blood type A.
4. Chemical Odors: This same small study also found that only a small percentage of people are able to release the odors that suggest their blood type, according to NCBI.
5. Microbes: Each and every one of us has a flora of microbes living underneath our skin. Essentially, we are just big walking sacks of germs. Basically, the combination of these floras and microbes might affect how much the skitters want to dine, according to Journals.
6. Exercise: And here you thought exercise was a good thing. People who exercise are more prone to bites because of the amount of lactic acid the skin recreates. This also increases your body temperature, which can also cause you to be prone to those pesky flies.
7. Beer: Sorry to break it to you, partiers, but cracking open a cold one might cause all those itches in the morning. Maybe it’s time to cut back. For the sake of your gut and your skin.
There you have it! 7 Reasons why you might be getting more attacked than your friends at the park. So either cut back on the beer or lather up on the bug spray. Happy camping!