|Submit Date:||22 Aug 2012|
|Browse Category:||insect bites|
|Treatment used:||deet lemon eucalyptus oil|
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|Country of Remedy:||USA|
|Remedy Source:||"Ask Doctor K", Dr. Dr. Komaroff, Newspaper Columnist, August 22, 2012|
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"Ask Doctor K", Dr. Dr. Komaroff, Newspaper Columnist, August 22, 2012
Dear Dr. K: Can you recommend an insect repellent that is safe and effective?
Dear Reader: The itch from mosquito bites or the yuck factor of pulling a tick off your
skin can be irritating and unpleasant. But even worse are the illnesses that insects can
carry, including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and Lyme disease.
Many people are just as wary of insect repellents as they are of bug bites. They worry
that they are dangerous. But used properly, insect repellents are safe. The most effective
DEET. If you're in an area with a lot of ticks or insect-borne illnesses, this is the
repellent to use. It really gets the job done.
Lemon eucalyptus oil (or PMD, the man-made version) works nearly as well as DEET against
both mosquitoes and ticks, but it shouldn't be used on children under 3 years old.
Picaridin works well against mosquitoes, but much less well against ticks.
2-undecanone (IBI-246) is good for about four hours against mosquitoes, two hours against
ticks. I recommend you avoid reapplying it, because too much exposure to these chemicals
could be dangerous. So if you are going to
be out for more than four hours, use one of the first three on this list.
IR3535 works for about two hours against mosquitoes and ticks. Again, I recommend you
avoid reapplying it.
Permethrin works well, but shouldn't be sprayed or rubbed on the skin — just on clothing
or mosquito netting.
Other insect repellents on the market include citronella, catnip oil, bug zappers and
ultrasonic devices. They may help a little, for a little while. But they can't compete
with DEET and the other repellents mentioned above.
A few safety tips for using insect repellents:
over the baby carrier.
it on household surfaces.
some on your face. (Never put permethrin on your face.
also good advice whether or not you're using insect repellent.
clothing. In particular, don't overdo it with DEET. I had one patient who sprayed much
more DEET than he needed on every square inch of his skin. He even sprayed it directly on
his face, breathing it in as he did so. That patient had toxicity from DEET. Apply it
lightly on the skin that will be exposed to insects and not covered by clothing.
Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to
send questions and get additional information: www.AskDoctorK.com.