Diethyltoluamide DEET

Diethyltoluamide DEET Brand Names

Coleman Insect Repellent | OFF! Deeep Woods

What is Diethyltoluamide DEET

Diethyltoluamide DEET is a topically applied insect repellant. It helps to prevent infections transmitted by insect bites or prevent infestations by insects or other arthropods.

DEET is effective against biting flies (black flies, deer flies, gnats, sandflies, stable flies), fleas, chiggers, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Products are available with DEET concentrations ranging for 5% to 100%.

Higher concentration products have a longer duration of action but are not more effective than lower concentration products.


  1. insect bite prophylaxis
  2. insect infestation prophylaxis

For insect bite prophylaxis and insect infestation prophylaxis

Side Effects

  1. angioedema
  2. coma
  3. contact dermatitis
  4. hypotension
  5. pruritus
  6. psychosis
  7. seizures
  8. skin irritation

Skin irritation, contact dermatitis, pruritus, and angioedema have been reported following topical application of diethyltoluamide, DEET.

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary


  • accidental exposure
  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • infants
  • neonates
  • ocular exposure
  • pregnancy
  • skin abrasion
  • tobacco smoking


There are no drug interactions associated with Diethyltoluamide, DEET products.


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