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What are safety tips for using mosquito repellents?

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When using an insect repellent, follow these safety tips:

  • Don't use products that combine DEET and a sunscreen, because insect repellent usually doesn't need to be applied as often as sunscreen.
  • When using sunscreen and DEET at the same time, apply sunscreen first and then DEET.
  • Don't apply insect repellent to children's hands or allow young children to apply themselves.
  • Never apply repellent over skin wounds, cuts, or otherwise irritated skin areas.
  • Use and reapply insect repellent according to the instructions on the product's label.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Insects and Arthropods;" "Insect Repellent Use and Safety;" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Using Insect Repellent Safely;" "Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness;" and "Other Preventive Actions to Avoid Getting Bitten."

Flyrepellent.org: "Homemade Mosquito Repellent."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Insect Repellents."

University of Florida: "Insect Repellents."

Fradin, M. and Day, J. July 2002. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Insects and Arthropods;" "Insect Repellent Use and Safety;" and "Updated Information Regarding Insect Repellents."

Environmental Protection Agency: "Using Insect Repellent Safely;" "Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness;" and "Other Preventive Actions to Avoid Getting Bitten."

Flyrepellent.org: "Homemade Mosquito Repellent."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Insect Repellents."

University of Florida: "Insect Repellents."

Fradin, M. and Day, J. July 2002. New England Journal of Medicine,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2019

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