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Doctor insights on: Natural Mosquito Repellent

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Does the clipon mosquito repellent really work?

Does the clipon mosquito repellent really work?

No: As much as the manufacturer would like you to think so, no, these don't work very well. Spray or lotion with deet works best. ...Read more

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Insect repellent makes mosquitos bite me more, what can I do to stop this?

Get DEET: Most things listed as repellent have little or no effect. DEET is the most effective by far. Other substances may act as attractant at times. ...Read more

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Is there a good mosquito repellent that is not bad for your skin?

Is there a good mosquito repellent that is not bad for your skin?

DEET: Deet remains your best bet, just use it sparingly and around the neck/wrists/ankles only. Other options may actually attract insects! ...Read more

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What is best to use on a baby for mosquito repellent that is safe?

What is best to use on a baby for mosquito repellent that is safe?

Try not to use: Most insect repellents have the ingredient deet which when absorbed through the skin can be neuro-toxic ( hurt our nervous system. Low dose 7-10% deet can be used on children but for babies i would try to use netting. You can spray some on their clothes and stroller as this may help. There are also some organic products which do not contain deet. ...Read more

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What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

All benefit, no risk: Risks are essentially zero, unless your skin is sensitive to it. Benefits ange from prevention of itchy bites at one extreme, to prevention of death from malaria and other mosquito-borne illness at the other. ...Read more

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Are there any foods or other natural edible remedies that repel ticks and/or mosquitos?

Are there any foods or other natural edible remedies that repel ticks and/or mosquitos?

Sulfur powder: Sulfur powder dusted on the ankles is effective for repelling ticks and chiggers while walking in grass. Dryer sheets (like bounce) worn under the clothes can repel mosquitoes. ...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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Will mosquito repellent creams cause harm to skin?

Will mosquito repellent creams cause harm to skin?

Only if allergic: Insect repellents such as 20% picardin or 30% deet are well tolerated by most people, including babies. A few will develop an allergic rash. ...Read more