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Mosquito Repellants

Mosquito repellants do not actually kill the mosquitoes but rather make people less attractive to the mosquitos. By doing so, mosquitos are less likely to bite people. Most mosquito repellants contain chemicals DEET or picaridin as the active ingredients. There are also some effective natural mosquito repellants available.

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My son got mosquito repellent in his eyes. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, My son pressed a herbal mosquito repellant spray close to his eyes. I am not sure whether the liquid directly sprayed into his eyes. We immediately washed his eyes and nose as he complained about a burning sensation. But soon it was over, he can see things and recognize colors. Will this ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Give a thorough wash with clean water for at least half an hour. If there is any burning or redness or pain or excessive watering, please do visit an ophthalmologist immediately.   Read Full »

What can be done to reduce scars caused by mosquito bites?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old daughter reacts badly to mosquito bites. We try to keep her covered and give antihistamine if she reacts badly and is scratching the bites. But, she scratches them, and they form scars that leave dark marks/scars on her face and body. What can we do to reduce the scarring...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The reason why your daughter scratches herself so badly is that her skin is extremely dry. Keep it well moisturized by applying petroleum jelly two times a day. You can also apply a mixture ...  Read Full »

Can chikungunya spread through cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 45 years old. She suffers from chikungunya. She got this problem due to cold. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumaiya Jamil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to is caused due to chikungunya virus, and it spreads through mosquitoes. It is not caused due to cold. You can have better prevention by having mosquito control. Mosquito control focuses on eliminating the standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs, and develops as ...  Read Full »

How to protect my newborn from mosquito bites?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a newborn baby girl at home. What mosquito repellent can I use for her? Can I use camphor at home? Will placing camphor pieces at the corners of the home harm the inhalation of the baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do not use camphor or any such agent on the baby. It can cause a nauseating sensation to the child since the child is very small. You can keep the child in a mosquito net in order to prevent the child from getting bitten by the mosquitos.   Read Full »

What are the health hazards of a baby swallowing mosquito repellant?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is 1 year 6 months old, has opened a bottle of mosquito repellent liquid. The mosquito repellant liquid was poured over her hands and legs. I washed her hands and legs with soap. She also swallowed a little bit of it. I have consulted a doctor and he said she is fine. But...  Read Full »

Dr. Arti Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and worry. Do not worry. Your baby is fine. Please keep mosquito repellants out of the reach of children. If a baby accidentally consumed mosquito repellant, then baby manifests with vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea or seizures. As y...  Read Full »

What can I do protect myself from contracting malaria?

Query: Hello doctor, Malaria is spreading throughout my neighborhood, and I am worried if I will contract it too. Also, I have had some mosquito bites, but there are no symptoms. So, is there any vaccine to prevent it? How can I protect myself from it? What step should I take? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. However, I would suggest you take the tablet Chloroquine 200 mg once weekly for prevention, and also, use mosquito repellents and net. Thank you.  Read Full »

Can frequent cold and cough in a baby attributed to the usage mosquito repellants?

Query: Hello doctor, I was using a plug-in mosquito repellants for my baby for long, and she often gets cough and cold. Is it because of that? What shall I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Mosquito repellent liquids can cause allergic cold, and cough in some kids. I cannot say definitely if that is the cause of cold and cough in your kid. But in this season, many kids are suffering from viral respiratory tract infections. So the cause may be a viral in...  Read Full »

Is it safe for my child to travel if she just recovered from dengue?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9 year old daughter suffered from dengue. Her platelet count is 1,95,000. We are going for a family function away from our home town. The journey is about nine hours by train. She does not have a fever or any other symptoms. Is she fit to travel?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please get her examined thoroughly from the treating doctor before proceeding with the journey. Make sure you carry all the important and necessary medications with you while traveling. Do not give her any outside food. Protect and prevent her from cross infections...  Read Full »

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