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Topic: Has anyone tried bug repellent clothing?

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Posted on: Feb 2, 2018 10:22AM

gb2115 wrote:

I'm looking at these online and wonder if they work. I don't want to fear going outside like I did last year, but at the same time, I've managed to develop some truncal edema unfortunately over the last couple of weeks. So I clearly have unhappy lymph nodes. I want to make sure I protect the arm as much as possible so that that doesn't develop as well. :-(

Anyway, I got some sun protective clothing last year and really like it. Wondering if the bug repellent clothing works well too. I feel like in a buggy area, I'd rather have something actually cover the skin rather than just spray with bug spray.

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Feb 6, 2018 11:51AM - edited Feb 6, 2018 11:58AM by hugz4u

I'm paranoid on bugs cause they love me. I bought Columbia shirt that you can wash 70 times and it remains effective. I use this exclusively for gardening and try to limit washing it much to keep it always effective. I get dirty head to toe so it's never going to look clean anyway so I'm not worried how it looks. I wear a teeshirt under it toguard it from perspiration. I sure won't wear this dirty one in public.

Then I got smart and had some of my cloths dipped by insectshield company. The military uses this company. It's awesome because you use your very own cloths and they bug proof them.

I did standard stuff like 1 legging. Light jean that can roll up or down, long sleeve shirt, which is a light fabric blue jean shirt and is a classic look to keep looking stylish thru the years in the summer.

I think a tee shirt is pointless but maybe the bugs still stay away from your arms, not sure. I should have done socks.

If your limited on funds the best thing I did was had a big huge weightless gray colouredscarf dipped and I take that on outings and it covers my whole torso and beyond and it looks fashionable with any of my non bug clothing. So I choose whatever I want to wear and throw the scarf over my body. You can only do certain fabrics. Hope this helps. I hear b6 vitamin wards of mozzies

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Feb 6, 2018 02:21PM gb2115 wrote:

That's really neat that you can get the clothes dipped, I may look into that. I've looked at the Columbia shirts, glad to know someone else is finding them effective!

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Feb 6, 2018 04:51PM Icietla wrote:

We have the old-fashioned two-piece hooded "bug suits" of open mesh for wearing over other clothing. Each is supplied with a little bag for its storage and "charging" (just a tiny bit of DEET type repellent is to be added to the bag before the suit is to be stored again after washing). We have not needed to use them yet. In disaster conditions in warm or hot weather, we would need them, and we would need the ventilation they permit for our perspiration to evaporate readily, humidity permitting.

Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/2018, ILC, Stage IV
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Feb 7, 2018 05:28AM gb2115 wrote:

Thought about getting the yard treated too, for mosquitoes, but I am not sure because my daughter plays outside. I haven't delved into whether or not that's a concern.

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Feb 7, 2018 01:08PM meg2016 wrote:

You can also buy the chemical they use for dipping on Amazon (its actually usually a spray.) Have done that when we travel to particularly bug-dense areas with disease as a risk. Permethrin is the name.

Diagnosed 3/4/16 at age 39; 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 6/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ , THP+AC, DMX with expander placement, Radiation, Aromasin

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