how to avoid mosquitoes

Aussies vs mozzies: How To Avoid Mosquitoes

Hey there Guys. Here in Australia summer is in full swing. Unfortunately with the heat comes mosquitoes. Today I wanted to share a quick guide for the best way to avoid mosquitoes.

While normally just annoying, mosquitoes can spread diseases like Ross River and Barmah Forest virus. For travellers to South East Asia, Central & South America, Africa and parts of the Middle East, mosquitoes carry the additional risk of transmitting Malaria.

As noted in Australian Doctor:

Mosquito-borne disease is a serious concern, with millions of people worldwide impacted by pathogens spread by these blood-sucking insects.

In Australia, there are more than 5,000 cases of human illness caused by the mosquito-borne Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus every year.

When mosquitoes bite, they inject saliva into the skin. Our bodies react to this mozzie spit, causing a skin irritation. The severity of the “itchy bite” varies from person to person and, in some cases, severe allergic reactions can occur.

The article goes on to explain that the best mosquito repellants are formulations that contain  either DEET or picardin.

Essential oils, citronella candles, wrist bands and patches have been demonstrated to have limited efficacy. Ultrasonic devices including iPhone apps that claim to repel mosquitos do not to work at all.

Insecticide treated nets and clothing, DEET or picardin products offer the best protection against mosquitos and potential mosquito born disease.

If you are travelling to malaria areas it is important to talk to your family doctor about additional protection against malaria, in particular oral tablets to prevent infection.

Yours in good health and avoiding the mosquito slaps,

Dr George

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