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Doctor insights on: Will Insect Repellant Keep Me From Ricks That Can Give Me Rocky Mountain Fever

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Will insect repellant keep me from ricks that can give me rocky mountain fever?

Will insect repellant keep me from ricks that can give me rocky mountain fever?

Yes: Insect repellents containing deet (such as off!) do repel ticks. How well a repellent works depends on the amount of deet on the person's clothing or skin, and on how complete the coverage is (whether or not the person missed some spots). Too much deet can be toxic to babies and small children. Clothing that has Permethrin impregnated into the fabric may also help prevent tick bites. ...Read more

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Insect Repellant (Definition)

Insect repellents are considered safe to use after 2 months of age. The CDC has established that products containing DEET, picaridin, or citronella are generally safe, however, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. Avoid applying near the mouth ...Read more


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Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Not entirely: Rmsf is caused by an organism called rickettsia rickettsiae and transmitted to humans by tick bite (several different ticks). It is most common in the southeastern usa and presents with rash on the extremities gradually progressing centrally, accompanied by fever, malaise, headaches, muscle aches. Easily treated with antibiotics when suspected. ...Read more

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Is there a repellent I can wear to keep mosquitoes with west nile from biting me?

Is there a repellent I can wear to keep mosquitoes with west nile from biting me?

Mosquitoes: Aloe Vera & Basil are natural deterrents. Mosquito safety- use bed netting when sleeping. Spray the walls of the home with insecticide. Stay inside or wear long pants & long sleeved shirts from dusk to dawn. Use Permethrin spray on clothing and mosquito netting. Deet agents can be used on skin. ...Read more

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Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

NO: There is no way to recognize a west nile virus mosquito from a non virus carrying mosquito. They all look same and bite same. I am sorry there is no way to tell the right kind.I know it isn't a big help at this time. May be in future we w'll have more information. Just please avoid all kinds of mosquitos. Thanks. ...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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My son is allergic to mosquitos. What can be bring as precaution on camping trips?

My son is allergic to mosquitos. What can be bring as precaution on camping trips?

Prevention: Bring a bottle of 100% deet to place on clothing (not this strong on skin). Wear light weight long sleeves and pants. If he does get bit, cold on immediate area to reduce blood flow, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax can be used for itching. We are all pretty much 'allergic' to mosquito bites - some of us just react more to their venom than others. Prevention is the way to go! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how malaria and dengue spreads?

Can you tell me how malaria and dengue spreads?

Mosquitos: However, different mosquitos tend to carry the different diseases. The malaria mosquitos are rural and come out at dusk and dawn. Dengue mosquitos are more urban and active during the day. Always use anti mosquito measures when in endemic areas. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how you prevent and reduce allergy from insect bites?

Can you tell me how you prevent and reduce allergy from insect bites?

Insect repellent: Use an insect repellent to avoid the bites. Avoid being outside without protection in the early morning or evening hours. Cover your arms and legs with clothing when outside. Don't have standing water around your house. Use Hydrocortisone cream on the bites 2-3 times a day and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with itching and swelling. ...Read more

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I got flea bites. Is there any natural thing I can use to repel them from me?

I got flea bites. Is there any natural thing I can use to repel them from me?

Fleas: Get rid of the pet which is carrying these. What does "natural" mean? Some recommend things such as diatomaceous earth, and electric flea traps, which are safer options than insecticides, but only trying them out will prove their efficacy. ...Read more

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Can outdoor dog that paws the ground give me or my fetus toxo?

Can outdoor dog that paws the ground give me or my fetus toxo?

It can.: In western countries, the main source of maternal infection is thought to be ingestion of toxoplasma contained in undercooked or cured meat or meat products. Ingestion of oocysts, from contact with soil, or eating soil-contaminated fruit or vegetables is also a major source of infection, so your dog can get you infected. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is malaria and west nile virus different?

Can you tell me how is malaria and west nile virus different?

WNV vs Malaria: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world & has been detected predominantly Culex & Aedes mosquitoes. WNV is a viral infection that causes flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected. < 1/1000 people die from WNV infection.**Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. Only female Anopheles mosquitoes can act as a vector for Malaria. WNV is a protozoan > ...Read more

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Confirmed histoplasmosis live in ohio river valley (65yrs) have 18yr bird if i get rid of him he will die what is danger of me keeping him?

Confirmed histoplasmosis live in ohio river valley (65yrs) have 18yr bird if i get rid of him he will die what is danger of me keeping him?

Histoplasmosis: If you already have this fungal infection and are either being treated or do not need therapy the bird is a non-issue. There is no danger to keeping him. If you are concerned about potential exposure to h. Capsulatum from the bird droppings, i imagine that is conceivable but most persons in the ohio valley have already been exposed to this organism and repeat exposure is ok. ...Read more

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Can MMR vaccine on earth cause inflammatory bowel disease? I've read from several articles that say it can. Please tell me docs and thanks.

Can MMR vaccine on earth cause inflammatory bowel disease? I've read from several articles that say it can. Please tell me docs and thanks.

Fraudulent study: Wakefield,a British GI doc studied some autistic kids sent to him by attorneys who funded his work. He published a brief report in the LANCET, trying to associate the MMR with enlarged lymph nodes in the bowel wall and implicated the MMR in autism.In a major court case his work was found to be bogus, fradulent.Lancet retracted the paper,he lost his medical license and left Britain.All a fraud. ...Read more

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How is Zika spreading? How do mosquitoes get the virus... do they get it from other mosquitoes, or from biting a person infected with Zika?

How is Zika spreading? How do mosquitoes get the virus... do they get it from other mosquitoes, or from biting a person infected with Zika?

Animal to mosquito: Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes, which are infected only by feeding on infected animals. Probably several animals can be infected, in addition to humans. For people in affected areas, reducing mosquitoes in the environment (vector control) and avoiding mosquito bites (exposure control) are the only effective means of prevention. ...Read more

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Can you tell me species of mosquitos that could transmit malaria?

Anopheles: mosquitoes are the one's responsible for transmitting malaria. There are actually hundreds of different species. I've even heard that mosquitoes are the most dangerous 'animal' on the planet - although I think it may actually be humans. Check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anopheles Interesting indeed! Good news is we don't have malaria in the U.S. anymore (unless it's an imported case!) ...Read more

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