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Break the Dengue Transmission with Indoor Mozzie Repellent Cream

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Even as you stay at home for safety during the Circuit Breaker, you need to deal with yet another health concern brought by Dengue, one of the most prevalent mosquito-borne diseases. As the Dengue peak season approaches, you will have to proactively implement protective measures, especially if you live in dengue clusters or landed residential areas.

Residents now face a higher risk of Dengue transmission due to the virus’ shorter incubation period, as well as the accelerated breeding cycle of the Aedes mosquito. According to National Environment Agency (NEA), in the week ending 16 May 2020, there were 529 dengue cases reported, which is higher than the 300 to 400 weekly cases for the first four months of this year.

While this data is alarming, keep in mind that there are a lot of ways to avoid this dreaded disease. Aside from protecting yourself from the virus, you can contribute to putting an end to the vicious circle of Dengue transmission by practising preventive measures while inside your home.

The Need to Break the Dengue Chain of Transmission

It is a known fact that bites of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, transmit the Dengue virus to humans. What’s worse, when an infected mosquito feeds on a Dengue-infected person, the virus replicates in the mosquito’s midgut. In about 8-12 days from the time the virus was ingested, the mosquito can transmit the virus to a new host.

On the other hand, human-to-mosquito transmission is also possible. When bitten by an uninfected mosquito, an infected person can transmit the Dengue virus to the mosquito. This transmission may occur up to 2 days before a person shows symptoms and up to 2 days after the Dengue fever has resolved. When the virus makes its way to its salivary glands, this mosquito can then infect human hosts.

Breaking this continuous cycle of Dengue transmission is the best way to prevent more and more people from acquiring the disease. One of the measures that can effectively stop this transmission chain is for people to make mosquito repellent application a habit.

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Figure: The Dengue Chain of Transmission

Protect yourself and stop the transmission cycle by applying mosquito repellent

Aside from spraying insecticides and doing regular mozzie wipeouts inside homes, NEA highly recommends applying mosquito repellent daily even when you are staying indoors. Mosquitoes may breed even in your home, especially if you live in a dengue cluster.

More so, if there are people infected with Dengue in your area, there is a risk of having more infected mosquitoes that may carry the virus into different homes. Thus, NEA also recommends that even people who are suspected of having Dengue or those already infected with the Dengue virus should apply mosquito repellent regularly.

NEA highly recommends applying mosquito repellent daily even when you are staying indoors

DEET as the most effective ingredient in repelling mosquitoes

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There are many types of mosquito repellent available in the market nowadays. From lotions and sprays to creams and impregnated repellent materials, you can choose from a wide array of options based on what’s convenient for you to use. You will also need to select a mosquito repellent according to its ingredients — DEET, Picardin, Eucalyptus, and Citronella.

With the many options to choose from, you might be confused on what to use. The key is to find which is most effective in terms of repelling mosquitoes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, repellents that contain DEET (chemical name N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) offer the best protection against mosquito bites. In theory, DEET can interrupt the receptors in the mosquito’s antennae, which makes it hard for the insect to locate humans.

U.S. CDC – Repellents that contain DEET (chemical name N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) offer the best protection against mosquito bites

Despite the fact that DEET is most effective when it comes to repelling mosquitoes, some have the impression that DEET may be too harsh for them. However, a study conducted by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research states that DEET-based insect repellents are relatively safe when used as recommended. The study also suggests that a mosquito repellent containing 10% DEET can provide a longer period of protection than other repellents, based on a one-time application comparison.

Likewise, a laboratory evaluation conducted by Vector Control Research Unit of Universiti Sains Malaysia found out that a mosquito repellent with 10% DEET has 66% longer protective efficacy against mosquito landings compared to a citronella spray with 15% concentration.

Ceramoz® has 10% DEET and provides 66% longer protective efficacy against mosquito compared to a citronella spray with 15% concentration

NEA-approved mosquito repellent with moisturiser

A product approved by NEA as a general use insect repellent is Ceramoz® Mosquito Repellent Cream. Ceramoz is uniquely formulated with DEET, which is scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes up to 66% longer than citronella repellent.

Unlike other mosquito repellents, Ceramoz moisturises the skin as it repels mosquitoes. Suitable for all skin types, it contains ceramide-dominant 3:1:1 lipid ratio formulation, which is essential in maintaining the skin barrier function and retaining skin moisture.

Additionally, Ceramoz mosquito repellent is safe to be used on babies 2 months onwards and pregnant women. This hypoallergenic mosquito repellent contains only 10% DEET and is free of paraben, fragrance, and colourants.

Don’t let down your guard during the Circuit Breaker. The risk of Dengue transmission is high even when people are just staying inside their homes. As you remain indoors for safety, make sure to practice preventive measures like applying mosquito repellent. Making it part of your daily hygiene routine will protect not only you but also your loved ones and the people around you. It is a crucial step towards breaking the cycle of Dengue transmission.

References:
Dengue
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dengue-and-severe-dengue

DEET-based insect repellents: safety implications for children and pregnant and lactating women by Gideon Koren, Doreen Matsui, Benoit Bailey of Canadian Institutes for Health Research
https://obgyn.ucsf.edu/sites/obgyn.ucsf.edu/files/Insect%20repellent%20woman%20children_0.pdf

Fight the Bite for Protection from Malaria Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Department of Health & Human Services – USA
https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/toolkit/deet.pdf

Contact Dermatitis Due to Oil of Citronella – The Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/82139238.pdf

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  • Lennix is super sensitive to mosquito bites not only does it swells up to the size of golf balls but when he scratches it he gets a bacterial skin infection which either lands him in hospital for IV antibiotics or heavy doses of oral antibiotics.

    So now whenever he gets bitten we immediately apply antiseptic solution and then put a bandaid on it so he wouldn’t be able to scratch.

    However the area around the bite becomes very dry and scabby possibly due to lack of air because we leave the bandaid on until the bite heals? We have been using @ceradan311sg soothing gel to help calm the skin so scratching is minimised to prevent further damage and it’s been working great! We ❤️ it!

  • Having eczema since I was 2 weeks old at birth, I’ve been on the search for products to keep the eczema under control. One thing I found useful before attending this session is that I “drink” moisturisers by the bottle and only came to know Ceradan since Marc was born. What I didn’t know was Ceradan is great for all ages, all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and eczema ones.

    The texture of the Ceradan Hydra moisturiser is very light yet is able to maintain the hydrated feeling for quite a while. And understanding from Dr Lynn that the key issue with eczema skin is to build up the skin’s barrier to minimise inflammation and infection, using a moisturiser with 3:1:1 ceramide dominant ratio is essential.

  • Honestly though, this 3 are my most used products from @ceradan311sg ? I love using the wash on Shayera & Zayne as it puts my mind at ease knowing that it’s soap free and safe for all skin types. As for the diaper cream, I use it on the kids even when there’s no rash to ensure that they’re protected. I used it on myself the other day when I had a minor rash on my hand and it helped! As for Ceramoz, it’s part mosquito repellent and part moisturiser! It’s the kiddos must have when they go over to my in-laws place which is a landed space, so you know how mosquitos love to party inside.?

  • We were introduced to Ceradan Skin Barrier Repair Cream by Marc’s paediatric when he started to develop a neck rash from all the sweating, milk and drool in between his neck folds. And later, when Marc started on his helmet therapy, the orthopaedic suggested using Ceradan Body Wash to help minimise any possibility of heat rashes and keep his skin moisturised.

    Having used Ceradan products on Marc for quite a while now, we do find that it’s a very gentle and baby-safe product. Upon using the Ceradan Skin Barrier Repair Cream, his neck rash was under control very quickly and it’s been very effective even for myself when I have eczema flare ups. Ceradan Regimen, which consists of Ceradan Skin Barrier Repair Cream and Ceradan Body Wash, is suitable for children as young as newborns and it has demonstrated clinically-proven efficacy in a study conducted by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and National Skin Centre in Singapore to prevent 1 in 2 eczema flares in Singapore children.

    Since Marc loves swimming, and the chlorine in the water is very drying for the skin, I highly recommend Ceradan Body Wash to cleanse and maintain his gentle baby skin as hydrated as possible.

  • My baby is almost 2 months old, for the past weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by frequent diaper changing and feeding my baby day and night. ?‍♀️?? Diaper rash is also every mum’s nightmare so choosing the right diaper cream is so important. Ceradan’s diaper cream is clinically proven and also recommended by KK Children & Women’s Hospital.

    It is hypoallergenic and 100% safe for newborn.

    I’m thankful to be able to try out this diaper cream for my baby with its unique triple protective actions◾Zinc oxide to seal out wetness ◾Octenidine to control yeast overgrowth ◾Contains 3:1:1 ratio of ceramic, cholesterol and free fatty acids to repair skin barrier.

    Thanks for keeping my baby’s skin rash-free!

    Ceradan is available at Watsons, Guardian and Unity stores.

  • Recommended by a pediatric dermatologist, my 4 YO girl has been using the Ceramoz for more than 2 years now. It is truly the best of both worlds, being able to moisturise and protect against mosquito bites at the same time!

    One big problem we had to deal with when my girl started childcare was mosquitoes ?. Doesn’t help when she had eczema and very sensitive skin. One bite on her and the bitten site would swell and become inflamed. Mosquito patches don’t work at all, and kid-friendly insect repellents either don’t work so well, or are too “spicy” – imagine the whines when she accidentally rubs her eyes after applying the repellent. When we were initially introduced to Ceramoz, we were a bit doubtful but later glad to learn that my girl don’t get bitten by mosquitoes that often anymore! (Truth he told, she only gets bitten when she forgets to apply it after her shower in childcare). It has proved its use so much that I use it now even during her non school days, 2+ years and counting!

    If you have a school-going child with eczema conditions, delicate skin, or is simply a mosquito magnet, Ceramoz will make your life better!