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- Diethyltoluamide (DEET): Active ingredient
- N-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide: Enhances the effectiveness of insect repellents
- Di-N-Propyl Isocinchomeronate: Fly repellent
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- The concentration of DEET in a product indicates how long the product will be effective. A higher concentration does not mean that the product will work better; It means that it will be effective for a longer period of time
- DEET concentrations over 50% provide no added protection
- High DEET concentrations can lead to side effects e.g. skin rashes, skin irritation, and blisters
- DEET may be used on adults, children, and infants older than 2 months of age
- To apply to face, first spray product onto hands, then rub onto face
- Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Avoid over-application of the product
- Generally, repellent with DEET should not be applied more than once a day
- Use only when outdoors and wash skin with soap and water after coming indoors
- Avoid using a single product containing DEET and sunscreen because sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently, while DEET should not be applied more than once a day
- CDC (2018). Fight the Bite for Protection from Malaria Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use. [online] Cdc.gov. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/toolkit/DEET.pdf [Accessed 10 Nov. 2018].
- KidsHealth (2018). Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe for Kids?. [online] Kidshealth.org. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/repellent.html [Accessed 10 Nov. 2018].