Protection Against Zika Virus
Choose a repellent with: Picaridin (20 percent), IR3535 (20 percent), DEET (20-30 percent)
Scientists have generally found bug repellents to be safe for pregnant women and their unborn children. The risk of Zika infection is far more serious than side effects of the chemical repellents, provided you use them as directed.
Other things to consider:
Some essential oils may work for short periods, but others are ineffective against Aedes mosquitoes. Due to the serious risks posed by Zika, EWG does not recommend blends of essential oils for people at risk of mosquito-borne infection. There’s also West Nile and Lyme disease (carried by the bacterium on deer ticks) to consider.
What to look for in a good Bug Repellent
What About Botanicals?
An Ounce of Prevention…
Note: Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor today about getting assessed and treated if needed, and as always talk to your health care provider before beginning any new medication or supplement. This information is not meant to replace the advice/guidance of a medical professional, nor should it be acted upon by individuals unsupervised by the appropriate healthcare provider.
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I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Doula providing care in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I have a passion for helping people with their health issues and improving the birth experience for Moms, and their babies. I also have a life long love affair with soccer, curling, and the alto saxophone.