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Doctor insights on: Natural Mosquito Repellent

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What are the risks/benefits of using mosquito repellent?

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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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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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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Can I use skin so soft on my baby's head/face? If not what are some other mosquito repellent options?

Maybe: I don't particularly like the sss product because it attracts bees so you trade one bug issue for another. For small infants, loose fitting clothing and netting is the best solution. There are some small repellent devices that you can attach to clothing nearby that would not be toxic to baby, but their effectiveness is questionable. ...Read more

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Because mosquito-repellent incense is poisonous, what is the best alternative for exterminating mosquitoes?

Repellent: If you are looking for a more natural repellent for mosquitoes consider citronella, lemon eucalyptus oil, soybean oil, geranium oil, clove oil or fennel. These will help to repell mosquitoes but will not exterminate them. ...Read more

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Which is best natural mosquito repellant spray?

Picardin: Lemon tree oil of eucalyptus is a good repellant, and it is safe. The active ingredient is picardin ...Read more

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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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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

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Can liquid type mosquito repellents be injurious to the health of small babies?

Can liquid type mosquito repellents be injurious to the health of small babies?

YES can be dangerous: The most common ingredient in liquid mosquito repellents is deet, a known neurotoxin which can cause lethargy, headaches, tremors, involuntary movements, seizures & convulsions, as well as skin irritation. This can happen at any age but is a greater risk in children, esp. Babies. I would never risk this in my child. There are safe natural alternatives like burt's bees herbal insect repellent. ...Read more