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What mosquito repellents and after-bite treatments do you recommend a family to bring on vacation?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jerry Clements
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: DEET diphenhydramine
Deet is most effective, but precautions needed with children.
Topical Diphenhydramine helpful for reducing itching.

In brief: DEET diphenhydramine
Deet is most effective, but precautions needed with children.
Topical Diphenhydramine helpful for reducing itching.
Dr. Jerry Clements
Dr. Jerry Clements
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: DEET currently most…
Effective.
Unless one is in a tropical rain forest setting, a product with 5-35% deet should suffice. There are multiple formulations—sprays, creams, lotions, etc. The american academy of pediatrics currently recommends that children older than 2 months can safely use deet up to 30% concentration. For more info see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1088411-overview#a30.

In brief: DEET currently most…
Effective.
Unless one is in a tropical rain forest setting, a product with 5-35% deet should suffice. There are multiple formulations—sprays, creams, lotions, etc. The american academy of pediatrics currently recommends that children older than 2 months can safely use deet up to 30% concentration. For more info see http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1088411-overview#a30.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: DEET 10-30%
Deet= gold standard of repellents.
Use microencapsulated formulation. Max effective at 30%. Lasts about 5 hours. Higher concentrations last longer but not better. 10% lasts about 2 hours. If mosquito burden is high add Permethrin to clothes. For aftercare use dab of pramoxine. If many, use spot of 1% Hydrocortisone for itching. If very many I use 10 mg Loratadine each day in addition.

In brief: DEET 10-30%
Deet= gold standard of repellents.
Use microencapsulated formulation. Max effective at 30%. Lasts about 5 hours. Higher concentrations last longer but not better. 10% lasts about 2 hours. If mosquito burden is high add Permethrin to clothes. For aftercare use dab of pramoxine. If many, use spot of 1% Hydrocortisone for itching. If very many I use 10 mg Loratadine each day in addition.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Repel
If you would like an effective option that is more natural & deet free then i recommend 'lemon eukalyptus insect repellent pump spray' by "repel" holds up better than synthetic options in studies by the us dept.
Of ag, & the lemon eukalyptus plant based products are registered with the epa & recommended by the cdc for mosquitoes that carry west nile virus. Claims good for 6hrs, may need every 2hrs.

In brief: Repel
If you would like an effective option that is more natural & deet free then i recommend 'lemon eukalyptus insect repellent pump spray' by "repel" holds up better than synthetic options in studies by the us dept.
Of ag, & the lemon eukalyptus plant based products are registered with the epa & recommended by the cdc for mosquitoes that carry west nile virus. Claims good for 6hrs, may need every 2hrs.
Dr. Daniel McGee
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