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11. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Err Post#10#. I've been to (as you comically call them) malaria zones for many years - namely Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia, to name just a few. Oh may I just add that I know many people that have been advised to have injections, pills, cream and a dozen other expensive remedies that don't work. Despite all the cost, some have got malaria. I keep on taking my B.Y. tabs and guess what??

12. Posted by Paul64 (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Redpaddy - I too have been to East Africa several times and worked in Malaria zones with patients suffering with malaria. If you have ever seen a child die of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, you would not be so flippant and authoritative on the subject. Remember, somebody reading this thread may actually take your advice (at their peril) and succumb to one of the biggest killers outside of the western world. DEET is scientifically proven to have some effect, where as brewers yeast tablets do not. Personal experience does not equate to scientific fact.

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I have seen children die too - in different countries (including Romania), of many diseases including measles and AIDS. Please don't accuse me of being flippant or authoratative. My posts about brewers yeast tablets are backed up by many others. If you happen to disagree, then that's your choice entirely - but I am not being flippant.

14. Posted by Paul64 (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Redpaddy - There is no scientific evidence that brewers yeast tablets have any more effect on preventing mosquito bites than eating sweets. There is plenty of evidence that DEET does. I don't "happen to disagree" with you. I am basing my advice on purely scientifically researched products, which you are not. We are not talking about rucksacks here, we are talking about products that could prevent someone catching a fatal disease. Your remarks are more that flippant, they are irresponsible.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2009, at 03:55 by Paul64 ]

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Each to their own. Didn't realise you were a professor of tropical diseases - sorry.

16. Posted by MrsBB (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Avon's Skin So Soft - they HATE the stuff but it smells lovely to us -around 4 quid for a huge bottle that lasted two of us over four months of use every day.

Never used our mossie net as everywhere we stayed had one.

17. Posted by Gixer (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

Hmmm interesting!

http://www.wyrdology.com/edinburgh/midges/avon.html

I got an electric repellant that supposedly gives off a sound that will repel them but I also want to get some cream. I am ginger and have pale sensitive skin so would worry about allergic reactions, so I'd choose a low level of DEET just in case.

I assume having a Malaria jab will also help? After the jab do you get any sickness feelings?

18. Posted by gromitsmom (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Quoting Gixer

Hmmm interesting!

http://www.wyrdology.com/edinburgh/midges/avon.html

I got an electric repellant that supposedly gives off a sound that will repel them but I also want to get some cream. I am ginger and have pale sensitive skin so would worry about allergic reactions, so I'd choose a low level of DEET just in case.

I tried the electric gadget when my daughter was a toddler. It worked for maybe 60 seconds and then the little buggers realized there was no danger and attacked with zeal!! And I spent good $$ on that gadget :(
The DEET along with the brewer's yeast is a good combo. For sleeping, a net is definately a good idea and bamboo travel sheets really help also. The sheets have a natural antimicrobial property that keeps out all sorts of critters, as well as allergens.

19. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

If there's any serious level of risk go with the DEET, it does work. Check and make sure your skin is OK with it first though, it melts some pretty hard plastics so unsurprisingly some people have a funny reaction to it. Most importantly though, cover up when outside from dusk to dawn and use a mosquito net at night.

I would take a mozz net, as whilst almost all the places I've stayed in the tropics had one some had rather larger holes than I would have liked, and there's no guarantee that they're permethrin-treated.

20. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Here in Manchester, is one of the finest Tropical Disease Centres in Europe. The Specialists there are all so insistant that there still isn't anything much good at stopping Malaria. I know I've been slated so many times for saying this (and will be again - no doubt!!), but for mosquitoes - I take Brewer's Yeast Tablets with me to Africa and that's all. So far, on taking two a day - one in the morning and another before bed, I've not had Malaria. Oh - and I've been travelling to Africa for many years. I'm gonna get slated for this - for sure. If you read other Posts, people have called me all sorts of things for putting this up. However, I'm not gonna back down on what Specialists have told me and recommended. It certainly works for me. Not for everyone - I'm told, but I know lots of people that take just B.Y. tabs and nothing else now - and they work for them.
Sorry all you sceptics - I'm not a Specialist, but I know a few people (amongst the very best) that are.