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Deet Side Effects
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
INSECT REPELLENTS: As far as natural repellents are concerned, plant-derived insect repellents yield short-lasting protection, lasting from a few minutes to as long as 2 hours. Examples are citronella, soybean and eucalyptus oils; of the 3, eucalyptus (pmd) works best. In a 6-hour field study, 20% pmd prevented bites as well as a 20% deet. Marketed products include repel oil of eucalyptus repellent, off! botanical, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Deet particularly at higher concentrations can be toxic to infants and young children if put directly on the skin. Deet may be sprayed on the clothes, but the best advise is prevention: keep the baby inside during the hours of dawn and dusk and cover the baby as to avoid contact with shrub and grasses in oder to avoid tick bites. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What percent of deet (in bug spray) is safe for a toddler? 7% does not work and he keeps getting bites!
30%: Up to 30% is considered safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
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