Although these insect repellents are safe to use and can help the spread of disease carried by mosquitoes and other insects, they should be used with the following precautions:
• Insect repellent should only be applied on exposed skin. Do not apply under clothing.
• Never use insect repellent on scrapes, cuts, wounds or sores.
• Wash treated skin and clothing after returning indoors.
• If you experience a reaction to the repellent, wash the affected area with soap and water, and call local poison control for assistance.
If you would like to learn more about skin protection or to schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital physician, please contact HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000 or visit www.ejgh.org.