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Health Tip: Using Bug Repellent

(HealthDay News) -- When the weather warms, we tend to spend more time outside with six-legged creatures that feast on our blood.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to prevent bug bites by applying insect repellent:

  • Use only repellent that contains ingredients registered with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Spray repellent on clothes or skin, but not directly on the face.
  • Don't use repellent on babies. On children, only use repellent that contains no more than 10 percent DEET.
  • You can use oil-of-eucalyptus products on children over age 3.
  • Don't use repellent that's meant for people on your pets.
  • Always follow the label's instructions.
  • Avoid applying repellant to children's hands, around the eyes, or on a cut or irritated skin.
  • Store repellent out of children's reach.
  • Wash repellent off with soap and water. Contact a Poison Control Center if anyone has a reaction to repellent.

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