DEET (the anti-mosquito chemical): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

DEET (the anti-mosquito chemical): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Not An Allergen. DEET N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) has a lot of things going for it — among other things, it is not a common skin allergen. That this is the case, with such rare reports (under a dozen) of adverse skin reactions in multiple decades of use in by hundreds of millions of people, is impressive and …

CITRONELLA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CITRONELLA: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Citronella Fragrance was the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)’s Contact Allergen of the Year for 2007, and fragrance mix (which contains geraniol, which is in citronella oil) is a standard addition in patch test trays because it is such a common contact allergen. Often used as an a natural mosquito repellent option, citronella itself (a cousin of …