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Insect repellents contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus, which are effective in repelling pests.
One thing to look for in your product is its effectivity time. A longer effectivity means fewer applications are necessary.
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Yes. Insect repellents containing picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have been shown to be effective against biting insects.
For best results, follow the directions on the product you are using. Sweating, perspiration or getting wet may mean that you need to re-apply more frequently. Repellents containing a higher concentration of active ingredient generally provide longer-lasting protection.
Yes, products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus are safe to use according to product directions. A great deal of testing has been completed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other groups to ensure safety of these products.
Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using these products. In general, use enough repellent to cover exposed skin and clothing; it is not necessary to apply repellent to skin under clothing. Do not apply repellent to cuts, wounds, irritated skin or open sores. After returning from outdoor activity, wash treated areas with soap and water. Do not apply aerosol products directly to your face – spray into your hands and rub onto the face (avoiding mouth and eyes), and then wash hands. Do not spray in enclosed areas or near food.
Parents should choose the type and concentration of repellent to be used based upon the length of time that a child will be outdoors. For more information, speak with your personal medical provider or visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
It is recommended that insect repellent not be applied by children themselves. For application on and around the face, an adult should apply repellent to his/her hands and then put onto the child.
Use of these products may cause skin reactions in rare occasions. If you experience a reaction to these products, discontinue use and contact your local poison control center (or call the national hotline at 1-800-222-1222).
There are no reported adverse events following the use of repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus in pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you have questions, please consult your personal medical provider.
For more information about using insect repellents, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Environmental Protection Agency.