Ah, summer. Vacation time. Sand and sea. Stomach problems. Bed bugs. Mosquitoes. Yuck. Here are the top 7 vacation hazards and how to protect yourself on your next trip.
Mosquitoes bite, some bringing West Nile virus, but bug sprays aren’t so wonderful either. A new study suggests that the common bug spray ingredient DEET may work as a neurotoxin, interfering with the brain’s neurotransmitters. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it, but lathering it on like sunscreen can be dangerous.
Protect yourself: Fight bites without chemicals by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants on hikes. Consider non-DEET bug sprays, especially for children. If you use a DEET-based repellent, follow the directions carefully. A common mistake is re-applying it. One application is enough. Planning to be outside for four hours or less? A low DEET concentration of 15 percent will work fine. Back home for the night? Take a shower.