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Mosquito magnet no more

MANILA, Philippines - Experts have shown that yes, there is a thing as a mosquito magnet. Studies have shown that one in 10 people may be more attractive than others to mosquitoes.

It turns out that genetics does not only play a part in illnesses people may acquire but also in catching the attention of mosquitoes.

Consider these:

• Having high cholesterol may attract more mosquitoes. Studies have shown that certain elements in body chemistry may be the culprit. Individuals with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface, for instance, may attract mosquitoes.  

This does not mean that mosquitoes will only attack people with high cholesterol, rather experts explain that these individuals process their cholesterol better than those with lower cholesterol levels, thus leaving the byproducts on the skin’s surface.

• People with high levels of uric acid attract bugs. In addition, experts say that people carrying extra amounts of acid like uric acid may also draw in mosquitoes. The presence of these chemicals on individuals makes them an easy prey to bug bites.

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• Mosquitoes go crazy over pregnant women. Pregnant women tend to exhale larger amounts of carbon dioxide.  Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and can smell it from a distance of up to 50 meters. This is why pregnant women and other individuals who release large amounts of carbon dioxide attract mosquitoes.

• Sweat, movement and heat attract mosquitoes. When people exercise, they exhale more carbon dioxide. They also sweat more. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of sweat.  The combination of sweat, carbon dioxide, plus a person’s movement and body heat make him or her a good target for mosquitoes. This explains why active children often come home with mosquito bites on their bodies.

Since genetics cannot be altered, people might as well be equipped with the best defense — mosquito repellents.

Insect-repellent lotion prevents mosquitoes from biting exposed areas of the skin where it is applied. It can be used indoors and outdoors, during the day or through the night.

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes are no long limited to day-biters. Thus, there is a need to level up your protection.

Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion is the only one in the Philippines that is clinically proven to be effective against day-biting and night-biting dengue-mosquitoes.

It is ideal for families because it provides long-lasting protection of up to 10 hours and is hypoallergenic. Since it is by Green Cross, it provides a high level of antibacterial protection that the brand has always been known for.

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