Who is at risk for a severe reaction to bug bites?

Though most people have to deal with at least an annoying itchy spot after a bug bite, some people have severe reactions to bites.

Generally, people of Northern European descent tend to have more severe responses to bug bites, according to Premier Physician Network physicians.

Having a lighter complexion and blue eyes seem to increase someone’s risk of having an anaphylactic reaction, according to PHN physicians.

Research is still being done, but according to the New York UniversityOff Site Icon (NYU), some studies suggest that these things might make someone more attractive to mosquitos:

  • Alcohol
  • Body temperature
  • Certain blood types
  • High levels of carbon dioxide in the breath
  • Pregnancy

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and ImmunologyOff Site Icon (AAAAI) also recommends avoiding perfumes and bright colored clothing because both are known to attract mosquitos.

For more information about who is most likely to get severe bug bites, talk with your doctor.

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