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

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

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. ...Read more

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Will deet hurt my baby?

Will deet hurt my baby?

No, not if:: 1 Not if your baby is greater than 2 months & you use 30% DEET or less
2. Not if you use DEET the correct way
3. They don't give us enough room here to explain properly how to use repellent so go to this site:
http://kidshealth. Org/en/parents/repellent. Html? WT.ac=p-ra
4. Don't be too shy to ask if you still feel unsure. Your baby is too important to let embarrassment hold back further questions ...Read more

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Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

DEET bug spray: When used in concentraions of 10% and lower, deet insect repellents are safe. Higher doses cause neurotoxicity like slurred speech, confusion, and seizures. The product should be applied to clothing when possible, and the hands, eyes, and mouths of young children should be avoided. ...Read more

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Could a few weeks of 50% deet cause neurological problems in later life?

Could a few weeks of 50% deet cause neurological problems in later life?

No; Very unlikely: Unless you drank the stuff in huge quantities --it would be so very rare--someone would beg to study you. 1. Unlike Mercury, DEET doesn't accumulate in the body. It is gone in 24 hrs. There have been hundreds of atudies, Example:w. using it at 40ml per kg per day for 60 days straight (who volunteers for this?) Anyway, even these poor subjects were fine unless they drank lots of alcohol too.. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Deet 10-30%: Both the cdc and american academy of pediatrics support the safe use of deet 30% and below for children over 2 months of age. Parents should not let children apply it themselves and it should only be applied to exposed skin and not hands that may go into little ones mouths. Repeated studies have shown safety. Avoid oil of lemon eucalyptus for those under 3 years of age --it is not safe. ...Read more

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At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

Chemicals on skin: Although the info'mercials say it is safe over 2 months of age (See: http://kidshealth. Org/parent/question/general/repellent. Html) I'd use extreme caution for infants as their skin is quite permeable. Remember Thalidomide; irradiating thymus glands for croup; and that live fluoroscope in the shoe store?!? ...Read more

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Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Non DEET Ideas: Picardin has received increasing positive attention in the US (used in other countries x 20years. Picardin is especially good against flies. In the US, it probably missed out at first because we were using incorrect dosing. Picardin 20 is very good, doesn't melt plastic, not neuro toxic, no strong odor but has NOT been around as long as DEET. Picradin in US since 2005, in Europe since 1980's. ...Read more

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I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

Don't worry: High concentration DEET insect repellent can be alarming - the spray melts some plastics including BPA free water bottles - but if you have been fine for a month after returning from your trip you are not having a reaction to the DEET. ...Read more

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What percent of deet (in bug spray) is safe for a toddler? 7% does not work and he keeps getting bites!

What percent of deet (in bug spray) is safe for a toddler? 7% does not work and he keeps getting bites!

Works used right: The trick for deet products is realizing that the active ingredient evaporates. You get about an hour for every 10%, so the low end products must be re-applied frequently.30% is okay but will still be lost after about 3hrs. ...Read more

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Is there a good natural bug repellent that works just as well if not better than off and deet?

Maybe: Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/health-ehome-9/safer-bug-spray for some options like soy-based products & oil of lemon eucalyptus. ...Read more

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Is bug spray containing deet safe to use when trying to conceive or pregnant?

Is bug spray containing deet safe to use when trying to conceive or pregnant?

I believe it's safe: Research has not been able to prove that even high levels of DEET exposure increase the 3-5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This is especially true when used in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. The risk of exposure to a 20-30% DEET preparation seems to be less than the risk of mosquito and tick bites carrying malaria, Lyme disease, etc. Avoiding exposure to mosquitos/ticks seems prudent:) ...Read more

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Wife will be 17wks preg on Caribbean cruise. We won't get off ship. Plan to wear long clothing, use DEET. What is the "real" risk of getting Zika?

Wife will be 17wks preg on Caribbean cruise. We won't get off ship. Plan to wear long clothing, use DEET. What is the "real" risk of getting Zika?

Nobody really knows: If a couple is very lucky, neither person will get bit by a Zika-infected mosquito, and they'll come home fine, with a 0% chance of getting Zika. If very unlucky, they'll both get bit, maybe even by the same mosquito, and both will suffer Zika disease, and have a 100% chance of getting Zika. If half lucky, the husband will catch it but the wife won't... unless she gets it from having sex with him. ...Read more

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Mosquitos repellant ;Is 33% liquid Deet using a whole 10mg sachet safe to use on Adult arms and legs with Asthama?

Mosquitos repellant ;Is 33% liquid Deet using a whole 10mg sachet safe to use on Adult arms and legs with Asthama?

Deet: Is toxic. No greater than 30% lotion should be used and sparingly and less than 10% in children. It should not be applied to your face. If your asthma is triggered by scents, it would be possible to have a reaction. So it sounds like too much. All the best. ...Read more

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Just found out I'm pregnant. Used deet spray on skin, accidentally inhaled some and it made my nose burn. Scared for me and baby! What should I do?

Just found out I'm pregnant. Used deet spray on skin, accidentally inhaled some and it made my nose burn. Scared for me and baby! What should I do?

Harm unlikely: It is unlikely that sufficient quantities of spray would be absorbed to cause any harm to your unborn baby. In the future, I recommend using lotions with DEET or applying spray to hands and then rubbing that on the skin. ...Read more

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What is an allergic reaction?

What is an allergic reaction?

An altered reaction: The roots of "allergy" are from greek "allos" (different) and "ergos" (action). So, an allergic reaction is a "different" (from normal) reaction. The reaction occurs to an allergen. An allergen can be a pollen (ragweed), food (peanut), animal (dust mite or bee venom), or other foreign substances. Symptoms occur due to histamine and other chemicals and cause sneezing, runny nose, etc. ...Read more

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What are signs of an allergic reaction to something?

What are signs of an allergic reaction to something?

Several symptoms: Allergic reactions may include any number of symptoms including hives, shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, throat discomfort, swelling of the lips/tongue, vomiting or diarrhea. Milder symptoms include runny nose, congestion, sneeze, or itchy/watery eyes. ...Read more

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Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

No: Rosacea is an inherited condition characterized by extra sensitive skin, flushing, dilated blood vessels, inflammatory bumps that mimic acne, and enlarging bumpy nose. Common triggers are chronic sun exposure, caffeine, alcohol, and increase in core temperature, etc...The inflammatory reaction of rosacea is not histamine driven as it is in an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Beef allergy: Are you allergic to beef or is it simply something in the aging process of the corned beef that you reacted to? Your allergist can test you. ...Read more

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How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

How to treat allergic reaction to cat?

Taking antihistamine: Can help. If you need to be in frequent contact with cats - please see an allergist. ...Read more

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What to do if face allergic reaction!?

Unsure: A physician will need to know more about the trigger, nature and severity of the reaction to begin to offer advice. Some severe reactions require immediate epinephrine injection via epipen whereas others can be managed through avoidance strategies or less potent suppressive or as needed medications. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you rid of an allergic reaction?

How do you rid of an allergic reaction?

Get rid of allergen: The only definitive way to cure an allergic reaction is to remove whatever is causing it. It may take some detective work between you and your doctor to find out what that is. We also use antihistamine tablets and other medications to lessen the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can gerbils cause an allergic reaction?

Can gerbils cause an allergic reaction?

Yes: Proteins in skin and urine can be allergenic. An allergist can confirm with available testing. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to help a allergic reaction on face?

How to help a allergic reaction on face?

Rash: Avoid the offending agent, apply a moisturizer thoroughly, use non-fragrantroducts, apply topical Hydrocortisone on the affected skin, cold compreses over swollen skin. See a dermatologist of things progress. ...Read more

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What's an allergic reaction to carpeting?

What's an allergic reaction to carpeting?

Carpets: Carpets are a traditional source of allergy as they harbor dust mites and mold spores. If the carpet got wet in the past more mold spores will be harbored there. The carpet also stores pet dander. A newer carpet also frquently emits chemicals that are irritants. ...Read more

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How much benadry stops allergic reaction?

How much benadry stops allergic reaction?

Depends on your size: A child or smaller individual could use 10 mg but a larger individual may need 25-50 mg dosing. ...Read more

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Could I have an allergic reaction to wool?

Could I have an allergic reaction to wool?

Maybe: While wool is not a typical allergen, it does act as a skin irritant and can flare up eczema. It also can harbor other allergens. For example, a person allergic to cat is exposed to 10 times as much cat allergen when wearing a wool sweater as opposed to a freshly laundered t-shirt. ...Read more

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What is the allergic reaction to avocados?

Allergic reaction: Allergic reactions to foods can be itching, hives, trouble breathing, throat swelling, wheezing or even GI symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.. ...Read more

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more