If you’ve ever had a mosquito bite, you know how itchy they can be. Have you ever wondered what causes this itching sensation? If so, keep reading to get the answer to this age-old question.
Histamines Are The Culprit
When a mosquito bites someone, saliva is transferred into that person’s skin. There are proteins and an anticoagulant can be found in this saliva. The immune system reacts to this by producing histamines. These histamines are responsible for the itchiness associated with mosquito bites.
The Itch-Scratch Cycle
You may have heard of the itch-scratch cycle. The more a person scratches an itchy mosquito bite, the more it will continue to itch because of the inflammation it causes. Scratching an itch repeatedly also makes your skin more vulnerable to infections.
Some People Don’t Experience Any Itching
There is always that one person who claims they do not experience itching after a mosquito bite. This is due to the fact that they have been bitten before and have built up a resistance to that particular protein. In fact, a person with this type of resistance may not even realize that they have a mosquito bite in the first place!
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