August 20, 2018

Mosquito repellent

No one can argue the effectiveness of DEET in warding off blood sucking insects but if given a choice would we consciously apply chemicals onto our skin which has the ability to melt plastic and leave a toxic residue around us whenever we get into the water.

Although findings proving the risk of using DEET have been low in comparison to the percentage of users, there has been some evidence showing cases of related brain damage and seizures in children (5), with indications on trials carried out on rats demonstrating it may have an effect on birth rates and birth mortality at high doses.  More common side effects are rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, blistering and scarring with urticaria or dermatitis resulting from topical DEET exposure, being noted in both children and adults (4,5,7). Another study published in 2008 in the journal BMC Biology by the French Institute of Development Res...

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