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View Poll Results: Blood type//Do you get bitten more than others

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  • A//They eat me alive

    5 22.73%
  • A//They fuck off

    2 9.09%
  • B//They eat me alive

    1 4.55%
  • B//They fuck off

    2 9.09%
  • AB//They eat me alive

    1 4.55%
  • AB//They fuck off

    0 0%
  • O//They eat me alive

    6 27.27%
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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    It's not blood type, it's metabolism. If you have a speedy metabolism, you tend to release more heat. Mosquitos have an embedded heat-recognition mechanism, that's how they identify the position of potential targets. Thus, people who burn more calories tend to be identified with greater ease, and thus bitten.
    So that's how I stay so skinny despite a diet of Twinkies and Ho-Hos. My metabolism is ridiculously high; as my normal body temperature is 100.1.

    And the bugs apparently drink the fat out my bloodstream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle View Post
    Going to Tanzania in January... I was thinking of trying to skip the malaria prophylaxis and just use DEET and sleep with a net, but I'm now rethinking that idea...
    Live north of the border of T.Z. (as it's called locally). Chances are you might use DEET and not get it but, on the off-chance that you should be stricken by Malaria, you'd rue the day you decided against prophylaxis. I should know. :no:

    Safiri salama (safe journey).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    Live north of the border of T.Z. (as it's called locally). Chances are you might use DEET and not get it but, on the off-chance that you should be stricken by Malaria, you'd rue the day you decided against prophylaxis. I should know. :no:

    Safiri salama (safe journey).
    How about dengue? Or chikungunwa? Is it really common there?

    @Aquarelle - yes, TAKE the malaria pills. I'm bathing in DEET and I'm still being mauled by the things.
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    @mrcockburn There was a minor Dengue outbreak last year in Dar-es-salaam and (an even lesser one in) Zanzibar, buoyed by the area's hot, humid climate; prime breeding grounds. Generally, it isn't an issue.

    Unfortunately, I know precious little about Chikungunya but I could consult a Tanzanian friend on that and get back to you.

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    I'm B- and I hardly ever get bitten, but I don't see any correlation between bloodtypes and mosquito bites...

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    I dont know my blood type, but mosquitoes are all over me in the summer time

    Anyways, i thought id post this:

    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
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    My type is A+ and I am a mosquito magnet.

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    Treat your clothing with permethrin. It lasts for weeks. (Also sold under the Repel Permanone name, or something like that) Make sure your clothes dry after treating them before you wear them.

    What concentration of DEET are you using? 100% is more effective. Even 100% sometimes only lasts 5-6 hours because it gets rubbed off and metabolized. You might try a picaridin repellent. You'll have to apply it more often, and it's probably less effective, but it doesn't stink and dissolve plastics and some synthetic clothing like DEET does.

    Mosquitoes can't fly in a light breeze. A fan might help.

    If all else fails, you could cover yourself in a thick layer of mud, but then you'd just have to hope it was free of skin-burrowing parasitic worms.

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    Another attraction is having high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the skin surface.

    They rarely bite me. The ones that do probably die almost immediately. Serves 'em right. I made a salve out of catnip oil and it worked well (kids couldn't use DEET).

    Here is a link on that:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0828075659.htm

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    B+

    Mosquitoes don't bite me that much, they don't leave me alone completely but I seem to get off easier than some people I know. I don't want to tempt fate by voting though because I'm going back home to India this winter and I don't want to end up getting malaria and/or dengue on the heels of all the hubris.

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