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I need to ask an important medical question? is anybody allergic to deet? is picardin safer for everyone?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
DEET versus Picardin: Deet allergy can occur but is very rare. Concentrations of any repellant above 50% are not more effective than the 50% concentration and can be irritating. Picardin is considered an effective alternative to deet. Also, can consider using Permethrin treated clothing, shoes, bed nets, sleeping bags, etc.

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