During the hot and humid dog days of summer, do you ever feel like you're a human magnet to bugs?
Mosquitoes, ticks and other insect bites are increasing, and according to researchers, an insect can spot you from 150 feet away.
According to Dr. Clifford Bassett, Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, there are 400 compounds in your skin that are attractive to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide in breath, sweat, higher body temperature, certain perfumes and scents, and pregnant women because they exhale more carbon dioxide than other people and have more blood circulating through their bodies.
What are the health dangers of bug bites?
Even though you may experience mild symptoms like itching, redness, and swelling, you may also run the risk of West Nile Virus, Chikungunya virus, Lyme disease, and other health illnesses.
What are ways you can prevent insect bites?
Dr. Bassett shares why insect bites can be dangerous and how you can fight them off this summer.