My husband has allergic reactions to Mosquito bites so I was wondering how prevalent they are in Palma?
Liz, i've been there at least 10 times and never encountered one yet.
Been bitten by a few in the UK though!!!
Here are some tips which may help as I also react badly to them & get the golf ball swellings, which is not a good look!
MOSQUITOES- Take Vit B pills just before going & during - you won't taste nice to the mozzies then. Thiamine, found in B1 is an irritant to them. Be aware that prolonged use may upset your mineral balance. Vit B1’s effectiveness is lessened thru alcohol.
Some people say take yeast pills instead.
Take Avon Skin so Soft / Woodland Fresh as it's a great repellent. (Some specifically recommend the Avon skin so soft dry oil spray "soft & fresh"; you want the blue/green bottle as this variety has the citronella in it, it is not in the pink one "soft & sensual" I use the pink one tho.
Some say get DEET from Boots. Take a room plug in. If a real mozzie problem occurs in your room, ask reception to spray it when cleaning. You can also get wristbands from Mothercare against mozzies (approx £4 each). Aspivenin gadget from Boots (about £20) or online- pocket sized mini pump that will suck out the poison from mozzie bites etc.
I'd had 4 hols with only a few tiny bites, no swellings, when I learnt about the Vit B1 connection. I had been taking it for mediacl reasons & now always take it when abroad. Holland & Barret do a times release one as our bodies don't store it. & I've had 3 more comfortable hols. It doesn't work for everyone but maybe worth a try.
Thanks Everyone, good advice
Last year we spent 3 days in Palma and my wife ended up buying a mosquito repellent spray as she had been bitten quite a lot. Once we moved on to Binibone then Soller we didn't have any problems with mossies. This year we stayed for 4 days in Alcudia Old Town which is close to the nature reserve and had no problems at all and again in Binibona no problems either.
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