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How can you avoid bug bites in the summer?

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  • Avoid brushy areas and high grass.
  • Wear long pants and sleeves, and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • Don’t wear bright colors, perfume, or other strong scents when you go outside.
  • Use insect repellent when you’re in wooded or brushy areas. Products with DEET or picaridin as active ingredients tend to protect you longer. But don't use them on children younger than 3 years old.
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus gives you protection similar to products with low concentrations of DEET, studies show.

From: Summer Skin Hazards WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

David Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology and surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; author, Total Skin.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, dermatologist, New York Laser and Skin Care; clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Dermatology: “Facts About Sunscreens,” “Sunscreens.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Stinging Insect Allergy: How to Avoid the Ouch.”

FDA: “Beware of Bug Bites and Stings”,  “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”,  “Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.”

CDC: “Ticks,” “What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

David Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology and surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; author, Total Skin.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, dermatologist, New York Laser and Skin Care; clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine. 

American Academy of Dermatology: “Facts About Sunscreens,” “Sunscreens.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Stinging Insect Allergy: How to Avoid the Ouch.”

FDA: “Beware of Bug Bites and Stings”,  “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”,  “Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.”

CDC: “Ticks,” “What You Need to Know About Mosquito Repellent.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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