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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Last week, we talked about how to prevent mosquito bites. Today, we’ll delve into the vast array of mosquito repellents to help you decide which option is best for you.

All four of the main repellents mentioned in this post work. Some work better on some people than others, so finding the best repellent for you can be just a trial and error thing. But with each one, there are some tips you’ll want to consider.

First, the main tip …

Try Not to Poison Yourself

No man-made chemical or natural repellent that works is completely safe. All can be potentially toxic in some situations. To decrease that risk, always follow directions on the product’s label, and beware of:

  • Over-applying or applying more frequently than recommended.
  • Using sunscreen over the repellent, which can increase absorption—and therefore the amount of chemicals that get into the body. Topicals that contain a sunscreen and repellent pose a problem in that you need to apply sunscreen more often than repellent for protection.

As I like to quote from the founder of toxicology, Paracelsus:

“All things are [... continue reading]

Author: LAwordsmith
Posted: April 26, 2016, 10:00 am

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