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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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 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 ›
I'm heading to thailand for all of march. Are there medical procautions you recommend? I am up to date w immunizations and will use deet.
At what age is it safe to use insect repellents with deet on young kids? I use 'organic' stuff but with west nile around i want the best repellant.
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
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
Mosquitos repellant ;Is 33% liquid Deet using a whole 10mg sachet safe to use on Adult arms and legs with Asthama?
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