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Options to prevent facial insect bites while sleeping are limited. Patients may prefer to avoid facial application of potentially neurotoxic insect repellants. Non-toxic “natural” repellants have limited efficacy, and netting may not be well-tolerated. Nightly facial application of 1% topical ivermectin (IVM) cream completely prevented overnight bites in 2 patients, both of whom reported recurrent bites after discontinuation, and a return to complete bite prevention after IVM resumption. Topical IVM may be an alternative facial mosquito bite prevention modality. J Drugs Dermatol. 2022;21(8):906-907. doi:10.36849/JDD.6432.


Deede Liu, Hythem Abouodah, Daniel Aires. Novel Use of Topical Ivermectin for the Prevention of Facial Insect Bites. Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD. 2022 Aug 01;21(8):906-907

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