Your Mental Health Amid the Pandemic. Replay June 26 HD Live!

Follow Our Live Coverage of COVID-19 Developments

Health Tip: Insect Repellent Precautions

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Insect repellents can help prevent bug bites. But it's important to take precautions when using them, says the City of New York.

Precautions include:

  • Follow the manufacturer's directions.
  • Apply a light coat to exposed skin.
  • Do not apply repellent to skin that is under clothing.
  • Do not apply repellent to cuts or wounds.
  • Do not apply directly to your face.
  • Do not apply near food or drink.

Last Updated: