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Mosquito Repellant in Cambodia and Laos

  • dano_b

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    Hey all!

    I know there is much debate about the use of DEET in mosquito repellants, but I was wondering if anyone knew specifially if mosquito repellants with DEET are available and easy to find in Cambodia and Laos? My boyfriend and I are currently in South Korea where DEET is impossible to find. We are wondering if we should get some sent from back home or if waiting until we arrive in Cambodia would be a safe bet.

    Any information is greatly appreciated :)

    #1 Posted: 5/1/2010 - 19:49

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  • christay2009

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    You can pick up mosquito repellant easily enough in Laos. Larger shops tend to sell it or sometimes pharmacies. The stuff in Laos is also available in Thailand and, i think, was 14% deet. I think people panic abit about how higher concentration of DEET you need but i found 14% to be just fine. Including for a trek into the jungle. I didn't find Laos particularly bad for mosquitos anyway, i think it took 14 days before i even got bitten and even then, it was probably because i'd become lazy.

    Hope that helps

    #2 Posted: 5/1/2010 - 20:58

  • dano_b

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    It does help! Thanks for the info :)

    #3 Posted: 7/1/2010 - 13:10

  • dano_b

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    Just as a follow-up, we just returned from our trip and mosquito repellent with DEET in varying percentages from 14% to 50% were readily available at any pharmacy all over Cambodia and Laos. We had some trouble with mosquitoes, but never when we had the spray on, even though it was only 14%.

    #4 Posted: 18/2/2010 - 09:35

  • gscott1

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    Hi there,

    Roughly how much could you pick up mosquito repellent with DEET for in Cambodia?

    I am travelling there in Feb for 5 months - any info would be much appriciated! Thanks :)

    #5 Posted: 15/1/2012 - 07:02

  • time2fly

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    Does anyone recommend putting on DEET even if they are going to take malaria drugs ? I understand that bugs still bite, but risk wise?

    #6 Posted: 26/1/2012 - 13:24

  • busylizzy

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    You should still wear repellant (DEET or otherwise) if mosquitoes are lurking around. You are still at risk of Dengue Fever, for which there is no preventative meds.

    #7 Posted: 26/1/2012 - 17:51

  • Tom2602

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    Anybody know if its ok to wear DEET and suncream together?

    I'm pretty paranoid about getting dengue so plan to wear DEET day and night, but i'm also fair skinned so i've got to regularly apply suncream during the day. Heard the two don't mix together too well. Anybody got any suggestions, or first hand experience, of how to keep the mosquitos away day and night with ease?

    #8 Posted: 27/8/2014 - 19:10

  • magicFly

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    Put on the deet first and then the suncream.

    Anyway you must be very luckyto get bitten by mosquitoes during the day. normaly they come out early evening.

    So I would give it a try without deet during the day!

    #9 Posted: 30/8/2014 - 06:36

  • antoniamitc-

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    Hi Tom,

    Beg to differ with magicFly - firstly, dengue mosquitoes bite during the day (as I'm guessing you already know) so if there are mossies about, wearing deet and practicing other bite-avoidance techniques (long trousers, socks, long-sleeved shirts) are a good idea.

    Secondly, Health Canada says to apply sunscreen first (and be generous), then apply as little deet as you can get away with, ideally with a little time between the sunscreen and the deet (so wait 20 or 30 minutes after you apply the sunscreen before you apply the deet, if you can. Most sunscreens recommend you apply 20 minutes before you go in the sun anyway). Make sure you wash your hands after applying deet, don't reapply the deet more than you have to or apply to broken skin or areas of skin that don't need it - such as under clothes - and wash it off your skin once you're back inside.

    But all that safety advice said, don't stress too much about it. Millions of people use deet safely.

    Have a good trip.

    #10 Posted: 30/8/2014 - 11:04

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  • Jratt700

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    I have also read to apply sunscreen first and then the DEET.

    #11 Posted: 13/9/2014 - 11:32

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