Summer is about passion, beauty, and vacations. Yet benefits have consequences. Summer also has mosquitoes. Those insects love biting human skin. Often this results in annoying, itchy lesions that splotch all the skin surfaces yearning to breathe free. There are small studies and anecdotal opinions that somewhat reveal that higher doses of Thiamine (or vitamin B-1) may shoo that ornery mosquito away. It makes it less likely to get a mosquito bite. Remember what Mommy says, “Get your B vitamins!” It sounds simple but it’s only one of many scientifically unproven theories and dreams.
While there are many variants as to what attracts and repels mosquitoes to examine the frequent mosquito bite, research has yet to validate the old remedy of Thiamine’s effectiveness of guarding you against a mosquito bite. The 2005 science study used a small sample of people and only one (of the many) species of mosquitoes. Their results could not reach conclusions that Thiamine or any other B vitamin can support this hypothesis.
There are many common-sense (sounding) solutions of preventing and treating a mosquito bite. Few are seriously scientific.
Some people also believe that spreading garlic or bananas on skin as mosquito bite preventatives. That sounds very impractical. Those might attract more bugs and repel most people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved lemon-eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent. It has been in use since the 1940’s. It is among 10 popular natural solutions being recommended to consumers.
The myth associated with using Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) is that a significant dose helps develop a pheromone that may repel mosquitoes. You are less likely to get a mosquito bite from one family of mosquitoes.
The tragic results of being bitten a few times results in discomfort from itching and skin marks from bites that have opened. In the cosmetic marketplace, mosquito bite make-up and topical treatments account for millions of dollars in sales.
Only in Europe, scientific studies are exploring alternatives to impair mosquito olfaction. These are attempts to help minimize mosquito attraction.
Mosquito bites throughout a region may result in serious epidemics of assorted illness, with possible expansion to other regions. A mosquito bite is a natural phenomenon and everyone is likely to be bitten more than once in those ideal temperature areas. Be it treatments or cover-up, there is really NO NATURAL PRODUCT that you can scientifically count on.
The clamor and competition to find a natural, dependable repellent is challenging. The most used chemical ingredient used is DEET. According to the environment protection agency (EPA) and the CDC, use of DEET repellent products as directed pose virtually no health danger.
There are those who experience hypersensitivity to mosquito bites. Hopefully, these conditions are monitored and administered by physicians, as part of a seasonal health plan.
Vitamin B complex supplements offer many significant health benefits. Use of Thiamine (B-1) against the possibility of getting a mosquito bite, is not conclusively one of them. Prevention of a mosquito bite is both a health and cosmetic issue. There are many products to choose from but beware of claims. They may be myths.