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Side effects of using mosquito repellent on the skin

Side effects of using mosquito repellent on the skin

It’s that time of year when we hear about cases of dengue and malaria. Mosquitoes are most active during late spring, summer and early fall. And as it is now summer, the mosquito season is at its peak, increasing the threat of dengue and malaria. Their bites itch and their buzzing is annoying. So without a second thought, we switched to mosquito repellents like creams, coils and mats to protect ourselves from mosquito bites. But have you ever wondered whether mosquito repellents are safe for your skin or not? Don’t worry, we have an expert to answer that.

HealthShots spoke with Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermatologist, The Esthetic Clinics on the impact of mosquito repellent on the skin.

mosquito repellent for skinA mosquito repellent can spoil your skin. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Are mosquito repellent creams harmful to the skin?

Mosquitoes transmit diseases and are the reasons behind malaria and chikungunya outbreaks. They reproduce and spread quickly. One of the safest and fastest ways to prevent mosquito bites is to use a mosquito repellent on exposed areas of skin. They can be harmful because they contain certain chemicals that can have some effects on the skin over a period of time.

According with the doctor. Kapoor, “Most mosquito repellents contain DEET, which is safe to use in most cases. However, regular and frequent use of the chemicals can have an unpleasant effect on the skin and body.”

Here are the side effects of mosquito repellents:

* They can cause skin irritation, allergies, inflammation, rashes, and dizziness, and can make it difficult to concentrate on regular activities.
* If it gets into the eyes it can cause burns
* If you apply it on your lips, it causes numbness and burning.
* If ingested, mosquito repellent can cause poisoning.

Spraying the repellent or using the creams also makes it unattractive to insects and they won’t bite you. But to avoid the side effects caused by mosquito repellents, you can try some home remedies to keep mosquitoes away.

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Here are home remedies to prevent mosquito bites:

There are natural mosquito repellents that can be used, such as citronella oil, essential oils, lemongrass, neem oil, eucalyptus oil, etc. Mix them with a carrier oil before use and reapply every two hours for maximum protection, Kapoor said.

mosquito repellent for skinStay protected from mosquitoes, especially in summer. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

If you’re still using mosquito repellents, remember these tips to protect your skin:

* Avoid spraying on cuts, bruises or open wounds.
* Don’t use too much repellent, just a little to cover exposed skin
* Do not use in private parts
* Wash skin with soap and water after being at home
* Clothing must be washed before reuse.
* Do not spray too close to the skin and keep eyes and lips closed
* For the face, take some repellent by hand and apply it gently on the face.
* Wear long-sleeved clothing
* Avoid going out at ‘peak’ times for mosquitoes – dusk and dawn.