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Doctor insights on: Insect Repellent

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Which insect repellent works best?

Which insect repellent works best?

DEET & Picardin: Effective insect control. Safe & effective: 30%deet, preferably in the ultra frormulation and 20% picardin are proven effective.Of course, if you are in an area with malria you will need to add medication to prevent malaria too. You can make your clothes insect repellent too by washing in permthrin. Other unproven insect repellents are not recommended. ...Read more

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Are there any natural insect repellents?

Are there any natural insect repellents?

None that work: Insect repellents are designed to repell insects, olive does not work. When your doctor recommend insect repellents it is to prevent the diseases insects carry. Many of these diseases can kill you. Only 20% picardin and 30% deet have been proven effective. Resist the tempation to use ineffective repellents which can put you at risk for serious illnesses. ...Read more

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Is there any health risk in using insect repellents daily?

Is there any health risk in using insect repellents daily?

Probably not: I'm sure you can find some article on the internet that says insect repellant is killing us all, but I use it. Some people say that an ingredient called deet may cause some problems, but it is very effective. And what about the danger of infection and disease from the insect bite itself? Personally, i'll take the repellant anyday. (if for a toddler or infant, check with your pediatrician). ...Read more

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Are there any health risks in using insect repellents daily?

Probably not: I'm sure you can find some article on the internet that says insect repellant is killing us all, but I use it. Some people say that an ingredient called deet may cause some problems, but it is very effective. And what about the danger of infection and disease from the insect bite itself? Personally, i'll take the repellant anyday. (if for a toddler or infant, check with your pediatrician). ...Read more

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What type of herbs are useful insect repellents for a household?

What type of herbs are useful insect repellents for a household?

Neem, soybeacalendul: Soybean oil, meme oil , and citronella are herbal or plant products which have insect repellant properties. ...Read more

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What kind of insect repellent do I need in kenya and tanzania?

What kind of insect repellent do I need in kenya and tanzania?

Repellents: Wear long pant & long sleeved shirts wi mosquito repellent w 35 to 50% DEET. Reapply repellent every 4 to 6 hours. If DMP is used should be at least 40% concentration. EHD at 30 to 50% concentration. See: http://www.kenyalogy.com/eng/info/datos2.html#malaria ...Read more

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Do orange peels and orange oils really work as insect repellent?

Do orange peels and orange oils really work as insect repellent?

Not really: It can't hurt to try, and i doubt it wil be very effective.....But you will smell good. Commercial products with deet as an ingredient are the most effective. ...Read more

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Can I put on sunblock and insect repellent on my toddler at the same time?

Can I put on sunblock and insect repellent on my toddler at the same time?

Not recommended: They actually make otc products that have both repellant and sunscreen already commercially mixed. But i personally wouldn't put it on my toddler. Sunscreen ok, if approved for babies, but i would personally skip the repellant if possible. Preferable is avoiding times and places where insects are biting, wearing the right clothes etc. The less chemicals the better for the little ones. ...Read more

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Is there something else you can use besides an insect repellent to avoid getting stung by mosquitos?

Is there something else you can use besides an insect repellent to avoid getting stung by mosquitos?

Long sleeves.: Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks & shoes, even gloves. Don't go out at dusk. Snapple drinkers know that eating bananas attracts mosquitoes. That appears to be an urban myth. ...Read more

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Is there a common chemical in all insect repellents that can cause an allergic reaction?

Is there a common chemical in all insect repellents that can cause an allergic reaction?

Allergy to various c: There are individual sensitivity which can be any of common chemicals. Test small spot to see if ot is tolerated. In severe cases see allergist for controlled allergy testing. ...Read more