today i learned – mon 21st aug 2017

iโ€™ll be honest, this is possibly going to be a slightly rushed one ๐Ÿ™ˆ granted, if i want people to read these posts, i probably shouldnโ€™t start with something like that ๐Ÿ˜….

anyway, the reason for the rushing is partially due to #busy but also partially due to the topic of todayโ€™s fact!

#tdil the reason why insect bites start to itch more if you scratch them ๐Ÿ•ทliterally just writing this post is making me itchy all over ๐Ÿ˜ญ but yeah, with it being summer, insects everywhere have decided that they want to have a nibble on out human flesh ๐Ÿ˜’

of course the result of this is those annoying little itchy red bumps ๐Ÿ˜• but have you ever wondered why itching them makes them momentarily better but then majorly worse?

turns out that it all comes down to your bodies reaction to the foreign gubbins that insects leave behind in their bites … for this fact, weโ€™re going to use mozzies as our insect of choice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

when a lovely little mozzie decides to bite you and slurp up some of yo blood, it leaves behind a lil bit of bug spit … your body totally isnโ€™t into this, so it reacts to remove the foreign gubbins by releasing various different antibodies and histamine (weโ€™ve chatted about histamine before ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป thatโ€™s ->here<-)

the histamine is a good time because it helps out your white blood cells … however, it also triggers the swelling and small red bump ๐Ÿ˜ข. scratching said red bump causes the body to turn a bit drama queen-ish and makes it go mad trying to remove the bug spit.

the result of this is more swelling and subsequently more itching ๐Ÿ˜ญ … itโ€™s a never ending circle of your body trying to remove foreign stuff and overreacting a bit to the scratching ๐Ÿ™ƒ

the moral of the story? buy some bug bite cream and youโ€™ll feel generally better about life ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

this actually turned out to be an ok length ๐Ÿ˜ฌ … it was also 75% interesting ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป so thatโ€™s always a plus!

byeeeeeeee ๐Ÿฆ‰ #tdil


well, that was fun, wasnโ€™t it? feel like youโ€™ve got more space for fact good times? you just need to go ->here<- for more!

(image licenses really confuse me ๐Ÿ˜ญ i think iโ€™m allowed to use this ๐Ÿค” hmmmmm … license is ->here<-)

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