Skip to content
    Font Size

    Understanding Lyme Disease -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Lyme Disease?

    •Avoid tick-infested areas, particularly in May, June, and July.
    •Wear shoes, long pants tucked into socks or pant legs, and long sleeves when outside in areas where there are deer ticks. • Use insect repellent with 20%-30% DEET around your ankles, other areas of bare skin, and clothes.
    •Check for ticks especially around the armpits, groin, scalp, belt line, neck and head after being in areas where there may be ticks.
    • Remove deer ticks on your skin as soon as you see them.


    Recommended Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    What Is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    If a child, or a teen younger than 16, has joint inflammation and stiffness for more than 6 weeks, it may be juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA. The inflammation can cause redness, swelling, warmth, and soreness in the joints. But some children who have it might not complain about the joint pain. The condition can affect any joint, and it may limit how well that joint works. Most children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis recover fully. With the right treatment, they’re likely to do well and...

    Read the What Is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis? article > >

    How to Remove a Deer Tick Safely

    To remove a tick safely:   
    • With tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull gently and steadily. • Be patient. Ticks can "cement" to your skin. 
    • Save the tick for identification, if possible. Wash the bite with soap and water.  
    • Don't try to burn a tick with a lit match or use other products (like petroleum jelly) on the tick. 

    Should I Take Antibiotics?

    If you have been bitten by a tick, call your health care provider. Antibiotics may be given to prevent Lyme disease. However, antibiotics are usually only given when the tick has been identified as a deer tick, has been attached for at least 36 hours and you have been in a region where there is a high risk of contracting Lyme disease.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on 0/, 017

    Hot Topics

    WebMD Video: Now Playing

    Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

    Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

    disciplining a boy
    Types, symptoms, causes.
    fruit drinks
    Eat these to think better.
    bald woman smelling flowers
    Complementary therapies to ease symptoms.
    embarrassed woman
    Do you feel guilty after eating?
    diabetes highlighted
    4 early warning signs.
    birth control pills
    Which kind is right for you?
    Remember your finger
    Are you getting more forgetful?
    sticky notes on face
    10 tips to clear your brain fog.
    Close up of eye
    12 reasons you're distracted.
    Trainer demonstrating exercise for RA
    Exercises for your joints.
    Senior woman using diabetes test kit
    Each one takes 10 minutes or less.
    woman having a good day
    Revitalize your life.

    Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

    It's nothing to sneeze at.

    Loading ...

    Sending your email...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.