About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Midge Bites Put Women Off More Then They Do Men

by Tanya Thomas on July 31, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Font : A-A+

 Midge Bites Put Women Off More Then They Do Men

As women are "more aware of their skin", a new research has revealed that women are, by default, fussier about midge bites than men.

The study found that human attractiveness to the bloodsucking insects is hereditary, and that women have a stronger reaction to the bites than men.

Advertisement

Scientists from Aberdeen University and the Rothamsted Research Institute in Hertfordshire conducted a survey of more than 300 athletes and spectators at a race around the shores of Loch Ness, which is notorious for clouds of midges.

They found that some people consistently got bitten more than others, while 14 per cent of people never got bitten at all.

Scientists believe that some people are born producing skin chemicals that repel the insects.
Advertisement

"Midges find us through the volatiles coming off our skin and also our breath - our carbon dioxide," the Telegraph quoted Professor Jenny Mordue, who led the study, assaying.

"We found women's reaction to the bites was worse than men's, but that may be because women are more aware of their skin than men," added Mordue

The study will be published in the British Medical Council's Public Health Journal next year.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Get Involved and Stand Up for Human Rights on Human Rights Day 2022
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Macronutrients Calculator for Weight Loss
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Fleabites 

Most Popular on Medindia

A-Z Drug Brands in India Drug - Food Interactions Blood Pressure Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Iron Intake Calculator Blood Donation - Recipients Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Color Blindness Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Midge Bites Put Women Off More Then They Do Men Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests