off lotion is dangerous?

@Jenith (1382)
Philippines
August 12, 2011 8:51am CST
Nowadays lot of advertisement about mosquito repellent lotion but a friend of mine told me that lotion like OFF can cause danger to the skin. Do you guys know about this?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Aug 11
No I did not. I do not use mosquito repellent, just keep swatting. I do hear there are natural repellents but do not know of any though beside the hand swatting thing.
@Jenith (1382)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
That's the best... hand swatting. You may try kicking mosquito, I'm sure it makes them feel dizzy for a little while. ;)
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
hi jenith, i didnt know and i am an avid user. i can say that mosquitoes seem to be magnetized by me hence i really need lotions like off. but what does it do to the skin? i have not seen any problem for me. ann ann
@Jenith (1382)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Study shows that it can cause cancer in the long run but not yet proven. Better use another protective measure against mosquito to avoid worries. You may use hand swatting as what suspenseful did. It's gonna be fun I guess. ;)
@hushi22 (4941)
12 Aug 11
i have never heard of that. unless there is a basis the i would believe it. did your friend tell you why it is dangerous?
@Jenith (1382)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
In the long run it can cause cancer but never proven yet.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
12 Aug 11
Yes, I have heard about that, and I was worried about that too. I was worried because I heard the Deet in it could cause cancer. So, I asked my Dr about it and he said if I use it, why don't I just put it on my shirt and jeans, etc, instead of my skin? So, that's what I do now. I don't use the cream kind, but use the stick (or spray) and apply it anywhere else BUT my skin. It works just as well. They now sell a version of it that you clip onto your belt. I have a hunch that's because so many others are worried about the possible side-effects of long term usage.
@Jenith (1382)
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
Thanks for the information joy.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
13 Aug 11
Anyone can have a skin allergy to almost anything. Perhaps your friends had an allergic reactions and was making a generalization? I do know that most off has DEET in it and DEET is not a good thing to put on children. All the whys and wherefores I could not tell you. Maybe someone else here on Mylot knows that part of the information? My Dad is a Nurse and he said something about the fact that children have a tendency to lick their makes it not good to put on them. However, Off does make repellent without DEET, so if you read the ingredients and no one in your family has a skin allergy to it then you should feel safe to spray away.
@SIMPLYD (79592)
• Philippines
13 Aug 11
I haven't heard about that yet. But i think, if Off Lotion is dangerous to the skin, then it could have been broadcast or recalled from the market.
12 Aug 11
i've heard that it can make you burn, like baby oil if you were to put that on your skin, and i've heard it can cause allergic reactions. you'd maybe be best googling it?
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
If OFF lotion is dangerous to skin, then it should have been OFF the market long time back. The DOH (Dept. OF Health) as well as BFAD has approved this product and if they think a product is dangerous to health, they will announce it to people. I don't think that it is dangerous to skin. It is much more dangerous if someone has accidentally swallowed or taken it internally. During this season that dengue alert is on high, using OFF lotion is on their list to ward OFF mosquitoes.
@menace730 (506)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
I know in USA we used Off alot and they said to use the Off that did not have the ingredient called Det in it. I don't think it did anything to the skin though but they said it was not good for you health wise. I use off here in the Philippines all the time and have not had any skin problems. But maybe on a baby or young child with more sensitive skin it could possibly do harm. Maybe you will get more responses with more information on it.
@thetis74 (1525)
12 Aug 11
No I didn't know that. That sounds terrible. My little has one here which they say is for kids. I used to wonder if it is really safe when it contains something that can repel mosquitoes. Thank you for the information. I will keep that in mind.