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Insect (mosquito) Bites

Tokoroa, New Zealand
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Insect (mosquito) Bites

My granddaughter is very allergic to Mosquito bites we have discovered this week. Any Idea where my son can buy Permethrin to use as a clothes dip, or good place to buy insect repellants, deet etc.

Poor little soul, shes 10, had 49 bites on 1 day this week. Otherwise I will have to send it from New Zealand as I have returned home.

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Seoul, South Korea
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1. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

You'll need to go to a dermatologist for that. Should be around 15,000W for the doctor's fee, medicine around I dunno 5-6,000W? Maybe 10,000W max for medicine?

Call the Tourist Line 1330 or email and they can direct you to one in your area.

If you have a Korean map service, look up the word 피부과 in your area and you'll find one VERY close to you. They're everywhere. Just walk in. download Papago Translator app.

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

You can also buy anti-mosquito/ repellant bracelets from pharmacies. They are suitable for children to wear. Most contain citronella. Google for pictures and show to the staff in pharmacies if language is a problem. I think the staff at pharmacies do speak basic English.

Edited: 08 June 2018, 13:37
Seoul, South Korea
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3. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

Yes there is basic stuff at the pharmacy and even convenience stores have things you can plug into walls etc.

Mosquito in Korean is "Mo Gee" (Hard G) Gorilla G same sound haha

Tustin, California
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4. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

Are you saying permethrin is only available from a doctor in Korea? We ran out of our Sawyers' Permethrin spray and I need to get something to spray on clothing before we go to China on Monday. Do you know what sporting goods store in Seoul might sell this stuff?

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Seoul, South Korea
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5. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

Medicine is HIGHLY regulated here. Sports stores will not sell any medicine.

You should go to a pharmacy first (약국) and just show them the English name of the medicine.

Otherwise, you'll need to go to the nearest 내과 internist or 피부과 dermatologist for a prescription. You can go to any doctor all same should cost around 15,000W for the visit to get the script. Don't worry about speaking English. You can always pick up the doctor office phone and call 02-1330 for tourism help and they can translate for you.

Absolutely don't have to go far to find either of these anywhere. Don't go out of your way to find an English speaker when you can use the translation line and go somewhere right near your hotel etc.

Tustin, California
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6. Re: Insect (mosquito) Bites

We did that, and the doctor told us it wasn't necessary to get a prescription for mosquito repellant. Then went to the pharmacy which has the citronella scented product over the counter. The Sawyer permethrin was the most effective repellant to keep mosquitos away from us in Indonesia, Japan and Korea. We unfortunately ran out of it.

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