The Impact Of Frequently Using Mosquito Repellent Creams On The Skin?

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Evening, I want to ask. I often use anti mosquito bite lotion (such as: soffel, autan) is it okay for my skin? Is there an impact? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Caca, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Most anti-mosquito creams contain DEET (diethyltoluamide) which has a function to prevent mosquitoes from settling on the skin. The use of anti-mosquito creams that contain DEET can cause various side effects. The severity of these side effects depends on several things, for example:

the concentration / level of DEET contained in the cream
the amount of DEET that is applied to the skin
DEET application on certain skin areas
exposure to the eyes or other mucosal parts
ingest DEET accidentally

Some of the side effects that can occur include rash and redness of the skin, dizziness and headaches, altered consciousness (confusion, continuous sleep), seizures, balance disorders, breathing problems, mood disorders, muscle cramps, vision problems, swelling in the surrounding area. eyes, slowed heart rate, tremors, sleep disturbances, and so on. These side effects are very rare, especially when the anti-mosquito cream is used in the right way.


The following are some things that you should pay attention to when using mosquito repellent creams:

Use in certain areas that are not covered by clothes
Do not apply the cream to skin that is injured or irritated
Avoid application around the eyes, nose, lips
Avoid using creams with a DEET level of more than 30%
Do not use mosquito repellent creams when not needed (for example, you sleep using a mosquito net, you wear clothes that cover your whole body)
Do not apply more than what is stated on the packaging (you can generally apply every 4-6 hours)
Avoid using DEET in infants, consult with their child's doctor first


So much information from me, hopefully it will be enough to answer


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