Going out to the garden or to the beach for sunbathe, have a barbecue in the mountains with your friends or just walk along the promenade, these are regular activities during the summer holidays. Although they are fun and we enjoy a lot, these hot months also bring with them an incessant punishment that many people despairs every day, and especially every night: mosquito bites.
The discomfort will depend on the type of mosquito that has bitten us and the area in which we move. We can witness the typical itching and swelling of the bite of a tiger mosquito or even contract diseases such as malaria, dengue, and zika virus if we traveling in tropical countries.
Depending on your situation, we give you several tips to choose anti-mosquito repellent:
1. Read the ingredients on the label: depending on your holiday destination you must choose one pesticide because not all insects act in the same way.
If your destination is Spain or Europe, you can choose a repellent containing Picaridin (or KBR 30223), IR3535 or Citronella. They will serve to control the bites of mosquitoes and insects. There is no need for a stronger asset as there is no risk of transmitting diseases that are dangerous to our health.
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Otherwise, if you going to travel in a tropical climate such as Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, it is better to select products whose active ingredient is DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). You will be able to find it with a greater or lesser percentage of this asset; everything will depend on the risky zone that you are going to visit. If you have questions, consult a doctor who specializes in tropical diseases. He will advise you.
2. Follow the instructions well: apply repellent on skin or clothing, as directed by the manufacturer. Add it to the frequency and quantity indicated on the label. If you apply it on the skin, remember to take a shower with soap when you return home.
3. The order does matter: if you are going to expose yourself to the sun and also use sunscreen, it is important that you apply both products in an orderly fashion. It is advisable to apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent. However, if the frequency of the sunscreen is higher, you can apply it on the repellent itself.
4. Prohibited areas: Covers well all exposed areas of your body but be careful with certain areas such as the inside of the nose or eyes. Like many other products, it is not advisable to apply it on wounds, cuts or irritated skin.
5. Special care for children: in children under 3 years old it is not recommended to use products containing Citronella, nor can repellents containing DEET in infants less than 2 months old.
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If you use repellent never apply it on children’s hands because they might easily be carried to the eyes. Apply it first to your hands and gently spread it over your skin.
6. Reapply it: if you have taken a bath in the pool or the sea, sweat a lot or notes that the insects come back to bother you, do not hesitate to apply it again.
End up with a good wish:
We hope these tips will help you to spend a safe holiday from mosquito bites. If you have any plan to visit some tropical countries, do not hesitate to ask your doctor before the trip.