DEET Repellents Safe during pregnancy to avoid Zika, Researchers Say

 

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MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with. DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research analysis suggests.

DEET Repellents Safe in Pregnancy to Prevent Zika, Researchers Say. Analysis of available evidence on the insecticide finds no cause for concern. Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate.

And “More information” links may no longer work. DEET repellents safe in pregnancy to prevent Zika, researchers say by Alan Mozes, Healthday Reporter (HealthDay)—DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman. DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research analysis suggests.

Exposure to the mosquito-transmitted virus during pregnancy can cause devastating birth defects, including microcephaly, which results in abnormally small heads and brains. MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research analysis suggests.

DEET Repellents Safe in Pregnancy to Prevent Zika, Researchers Say Analysis of available evidence on the insecticide finds no cause for concern WebMD News from HealthDay By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research. DEET Repellents Safe in Pregnancy to Prevent Zika, Researchers Say Apr 17, 2020 | Health Tips MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — DEET insect repellents won’t harm a pregnant woman or her fetus when used as instructed to prevent infection with the Zika virus, a new research analysis suggests.

Research indicates that the insect repellent, if not overapplied, is fine to use to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that could be carrying Zika. “DEET is safe, including for pregnant women. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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There was no evidence that using higher concentrations of DEET increases the risk for adverse events.119 Very limited studies have investigated DEET safety during pregnancy.

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Twenty percent DEET used sparingly is safe in pregnancy.

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It is recommended that mosquito repellent containing DEET be avoided because it is hazardous in pregnancy.

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Pregnant women can use insect repellent products containing DEET without adverse effects.

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Pregnant women should be advised against the use of insect repellents of the DEET type over large areas of their bodies for a long period during the pregnancy.

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• Studies find DEET use safe in pregnancy; formulations of up to 30% may be used in children older than 2 months.

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DEET is generally very safe, including in pregnancy.

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  • Thank you for sharing this! DEET!!! Wish So glad we have a natural alternative too! I’ve used lemon Eucalyptus and it smells! LOL BUT it worked so I will keep the smell!

  • We used all of the “off” products along with the natural repellent at a Texas beach to no avail! Spraying every 30 min or so. Has to be at least 1000 bites on me

  • Been using Lemon Eucalyptus for a few years now. The Mosquitoes hate it. The will land on my phone, but not my hand. Amazing stuff.

  • Why keeping your arm for longer period.. Don’t you know once the mosquitos lands. That means all mosquitos will lands on your arm..

  • the repel lemon && eucalyptus spray works amazingly, i sprayed it on me yesterday && my dad didn’t && they would literally just pass over me && try to get my dad.

  • So your telling me 500x mosquitos can perfectly locate a blood source on someone’s arm, but a trained nurse can’t find a singular spot on my arm for taking blood?

  • I’m allergic to ants, and my parents have me the wristbands, they should atleast work for ants. If they don’t I would’ve been dead.

  • Damn, my arm would be covered in scars from me non stop scratching the bites. I have 3 scars in my leg from them. I would keep on scratching the scabs.