Why Mosquitoes Only Bite Certain People — & What To Do If You're One Of Them

Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by a single, tiny mosquito. It's an unfair reality, but there exist people among us who have never been bitten by one of these evil, little bugs. Sadly, there is science that backs up mosquitos' purpose on this earth, so wiping them out isn't an option. But, we'd like to ask science: Can we at least know how mosquitoes determine who is bite-worthy and who is spared?

Related: How Tattoos Are Helping Women Recover From Serious Health Issues

The jury is still out on the exact reason, as it must be tough to get a mosquito to sit down and answer a few questions (they're too busy ruining picnics and trips to the lake). The overwhelming explanation is that it is, somehow, related to blood type. According to Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, "it’s typically type O blood that attracts them.” Apparently type O really is the universal donor.

Related: Where On Your Body You're More Prone To Getting Skin Cancer

The one overwhelming truth to remember about mosquito bites is to avoid scratching them at all costs. As Dr. Tanzi explains, "by scratching, you cause more trauma to the area, which causes more swelling."

Click through to Women's Health for more biting facts about mosquitoes and how to avoid them. (Women's Health)

Related: 8 Ways You Could Be Damaging Your Eyes At The Beach
Advertisement

More from Body

Brittany Mostiller still remembers the moment when she realized that she couldn’t afford an abortion. “I didn’t know anything about this Hyde Amendment ...
Earlier this year, Lena Dunham was hospitalized to treat a ruptured ovarian cyst, unintentionally shedding light on an often ignored area of women's health...
If your eyes tend to glaze over at first mention of the latest Health Hack That Will Change Your Life, we can’t really blame you. Although we are literally...
Pregnant women get a lot of advice about motherhood, even when they don't ask for it. And in the first episode of Expecting, from Refinery29's comedy ...
We're in plus-size pool party heaven
Summer is over (for real). So it's time to face the facts: You're going to get a cold. Actually, you're probably going to get colds — plural. The average ...
The pelvic exam — complete with the stirrups and the speculum — isn't anyone's favorite thing about having a vagina. But it's really important because it's...
(Paid Content) Stress sweat is different from regular sweat in that it feeds off bacteria and causes odor. Then you start to think about it — producing ...
A few years ago, two Michigan urologists noticed a curious pattern among their patients: Upon returning from a Disney World vacation, patients would ...
It shouldn't be this complicated, all this body stuff: size discrimination, weight bias, the multi-factioned movement fighting to reverse it. At its core ...
On principle, I am skeptical of any internet health recommendation that has the word “challenge” tacked on to the end of it. These wellness fads come and...
Although he had been dead for decades, Jim Morrison said something a few years ago that shocked people. He wasn’t speaking from beyond the grave, but in ...
In April, I ran a story called “The Medium-Sized Woman Problem.” The “problem,” of course, was not the women themselves, but the way in which we frame ...
Jill Krause writes about all things mom, parenting, and relationships at her blog, Baby Rabies, and she has some words of advice for the non-pregnant ...