Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
July 2015 Newsletter
Finally we are experiencing some summer time weather! I know summer officially is not even 2 weeks old, but it has been a long wet spring. Loving that warm sunshine!
All that wet brings lots of mosquitoes to nibble on your tasty flesh. I’m not a big fan of spraying strong chemicals on my body so I prefer more natural repellants like citronella oil or neem lotion/spray.
My family in the Midwest loved Avon Skin So Soft to keep from getting mosquito bites. A study in Canada found it to be nearly as effective as DEET (85% vs. 100%) and eucalyptus oil was barely better than the placebo. There are some repellant products made with Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus that work better than straight eucalyptus. Here is the label from ASSS:
MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE ISOPROPYL PALMITATE DICAPRYL ADIPATE PARFUM/FRAGRANCE SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL TOCOPHERYL ACETATE DIETHYLHEXYL SODIUM SULFOSUCCINATE
Not exactly a chemical free product! Catnip oil also was tested at Iowa State to be effective at repelling mosquitoes, black flies and cockroaches. Its repellant effect was supposedly 10 times stronger but didn’t last nearly as long as DEET. They recommend using a very diluted amount of Catnip oil (1-5%).
In Canada, citronella tested to be very effective but they didn’t know the long term effects and recommend limited use. They don’t know the long term effects of DEET but recommend it heartily. The bottom line is it’s your body so you get to decide. In this era of West Nile Virus from mosquito bites, the key is to not get any bites.
On an individual level, people adopt numerous personal protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. These measures include:
• Avoiding perfumed cosmetics
• Avoiding mosquito habitat during peak mosquito feeding times
• Remaining in completely enclosed, well-screened, or air-conditioned areas
• Sleeping under permethrin-impregnated mosquito nets
• Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
• Using mosquito repellents
In Canada, permethrin is not registered for use on clothing and permethrin-impregnated mosquito nets are not available. (http://www.bcmj.org/article/mosquito-repellent-effectiveness-placebo-controlled-trial-comparing-95-deet-avon-skin-so-sof)
I’ve also found that when I’m deficient in B-vitamins, I tend to get bit more often. Taking a good multi-vit usually helps. It’s best to do all that you can not to be mosquito bait!
We will be closed Friday July 3rd in observance of Independence Day since the 4th falls on a Saturday.
Since I never read the paper or watch the news, I had no idea that Foothills and Valmont were going to get so torn up and the traffic exponentially worse. I feel so lucky to have moved our office from that intersection and out of the crazy traffic of Boulder!
Many of our patients come from outside of Boulder so I want you to be aware that there are convenient ways to miss Hwy 36 and Foothills as well as most of the main City of Boulder to get to our office. Check out 75th Street, Lookout Rd, etc. on your mapping apps or websites. It might be a bit longer in distance but shorter in travel time due to missing the traffic jams in town.