Dangers of DEET

Before using any DEET bug repellent it's important to know the risks and decide if you really want to risk your your child's or your pet's health With many herbal insect repellents proving to be just as effective you may want to really consider if DEET sprays are worthwhile Dangers of DEET DEET is classified as a group D carcinogen

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Insect Spray Safety: Ingredients to Avoid and Why

Jun 21 2018What is more dangerous: The bug SPRAY or the bug BITES? In the world of Zika and Lyme disease we have to be more careful Can naturally minded families still use Picaridin IR3535 and even DEET? Find out safety and efficacy notes on these EPA registered insect repellents and what you SHOULD avoid for sure!

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DDT

Production and use DDT has been formulated in multiple forms including solutions in xylene or petroleum distillates emulsifiable concentrates water-wettable powders granules aerosols smoke candles and charges for vaporizers and lotions From 1950 to 1980 DDT was extensively used in agriculture – more than 40 000 tonnes each year worldwide – and it has been estimated that a total

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Is Bug Spray Really Bad For Your Health?

Some of the more alarming reports about the dangers of DEET focus on its effects on pregnant women and their babies but studies about its effects on pregnancy have been largely done using rats Consumer Reports reported on a 1994 study that showed when pregnant rats were exposed to high doses of DEET their offspring had low birth weights

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Is DEET a dangerous neurotoxicant?

Deleterious effects of DEET typically involve skin reactions and even when encephalopathies such as seizures occur they often abate without sequelae Recent mode-of-action studies prove it has little direct effect on acetylcholinesterase and have identified G protein-coupled receptors as a site of action deserving of further investigation

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What's DEET is it Dangerous and What Bug Sprays Can I Use

Where DEET is dangerous this alternative is a plant-based insect repellent Cons: The lemon scent is extremely strong when first applied but it dissipates It is stronger than Bite Blocker so it may cause irritation if you get it in your eyes Also you can't just spray lemon eucalyptus on

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DEET can be Dangerous

Nov 09 2011DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes into the blood stream the same way that the nicotine patch does Knowing this why would you willingly ingest a chemical that has effects on the central nervous system? When DEET is combined with permethrin a common mosquito spray ingredient it can lead to motor deficits and learning and memory dysfunction

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DEET (PIM 170)

- Workers manufacturing DEET may present skin effects (Prischepov et al 1981) 5 ROUTES OF ENTRY 5 1 Oral DEET is rapidly absorbed after ingestion 5 2 Inhalation No data available 5 3 Dermal DEET is absorbed quickly through intact skin 48% of the applied dose is totally absorbed within 6 hours This is the usual route of entry as DEET is

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The Best Bug Spray for Babies and Kids

But is DEET safe? While rumors about potential DEET dangers have been circulating for years after much research the conclusion is that DEET is indeed safe for babies 2 months and older (and everyone else for that matter) as long as you use it as directed "I always recommend insect repellents that contain DEET for the best protection against insect bites " says CharlRe' Slaughter

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DEET vs Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

Details on Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a natural oil derived from the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant It has already become very popular as an insect repellent This organic repellent is vital if you are aware of DEET's dangers

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Assessment of methods used to determine the safety of the

N N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) has been registered for commercial use as an insect repellent for over five decades and is used widely across the world Concerns over the safety of DEET first emerged during the 1980s after reports of encephalopathy following DEET exposure particularly in children However the role of DEET in either the illness or deaths was and remains purely speculative

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Are Insect Repellents that Contain DEET Safe?

Thorough testing of the dangers of DEET has certainly not occurred in the United States and in most countries this is a sobering fact considering that 30% of the U S population uses over 230 products that contain N N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide

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Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial illness transmitted by ticks that causes flu-like symptoms The signs and symptoms of ehrlichiosis range from mild body aches to severe fever and usually appear within a week or two of a tick bite If treated quickly with appropriate antibiotics ehrlichiosis generally improves within a

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MedMinute: Use Caution When Using Insect Repellents

Jun 21 2002MedMinute: Use Caution When Using Insect Repellents Containing DEET With the warnings about West Nile virus many of us are using insect repellants to ward off mosquitoes and other warm-weather pests But new studies show some popular repellents could carry dangers of their own

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What Percent of DEET Is Effective?

Every source seems to tell a different story about DEET's effectiveness The Travel Medicine Alliance an Australian alliance of medical doctors advises that while the duration of protection is related to the concentration of DEET "At a concentration of 50 percent this effect plateaus 30 percent DEET is the lowest effective dose "

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Study looks at DEET and natural tick repellents

DEET DEET (diethyltoluamide) repels ticks but its use raises environmental and health concerns The concentration of DEET also affects its ability to repel ticks as shown below: 0% of DEET = 8 5% repelled 5% of DEET = 16 6% repelled 10% of DEET = 30 4% repelled 20% of DEET = 68 9% repelled 40% of DEET = 88% repelled

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Is DEET Dangerous? {And Some Healthy Bug Spray Recipes

DEET is actually a chemical known as N N-Diethyl-m-toluamide that was first used around 1950 According to these sites DEET has some serious effects on health: Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes soreness or blistering when applied to the skin Additionally

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DEET Side Effects and Controversies

As with most chemical compounds DEET doesn't come without warnings or side effects First let's take a look at how DEET affects the environment The U S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reregistered DEET in 1998 to ensure it conformed to today's more stringent standards (rather than the 1950s standards) Because DEET is applied to the

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