If insects are feeding on you, be careful that your “solution”
does not put you at greater health risk than the problem.
Many sprays, lotions or liquids used to repel insects contain
Permethrin and/or N,Ndiethyl-m-toluamide, commonly called
is a toxic compound, partially absorbed into the bloodstream,
and associated with dermal and neurological reactions. Several
cases of toxic encephalopathy (brain damage) associated with
the use of DEET have been reported in the medical literature.Generalized
seizures have also been temporally associated with the use
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a Reregistration
Eligibility Decision (RED) for DEET in late 1998, but with
this decision, the EPA will not reregister DEET products marketed
specifically at children, claiming them to be misleading.
Due to their alcohol base, these low percentage DEET formulas
may actually increase absorption into the bloodstream, especially
when reapplied frequently to increase effectiveness. The EPA
expressed concern about the fact that DEET is widely used,
is one of the few registered pesticides applied directly to
human skin and is potentially related to seizure incidents.
As a result, the RED calls for stronger label warnings and
restrictions that are protective of children and others who
are sensitive to chemical substances. Permethrin is a synthetic
contact insecticide, causing nervous system toxicity that
leads to the death of the insect. It is said to have low toxicity
in mammals, and is poorly absorbed through the skin. However,
it’s wise to stay away from any synthetic pesticide,
especially when there are safe alternatives to do the job.
Source: Healthy Child Online