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How soon should you shower after going outside to prevent tick bites?

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Don’t wait too long to shower. Washing off within 2 hours of being outside can reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. And doing so can remove any ticks on your skin that may not be fully attached.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Ticks and Lyme Disease,” “Stop Ticks,” “Natural Tick Repellents and Pesticides,” “Chapter 2, The Pre-Travel Consultation: Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks and Other Arthropods.”

MotherToBaby/Organization of the Teratology Information Specialists: “Fact Sheet: Insect Repellents.”

Mayo Clinic: “Got a tick? Get tweezers?” “Lyme Disease.”

InfantRisk Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: “Insect Bites and Repellent Sprays for Pregnant Women.”

MedicinesinPregnancy.org/UKTIS: “Chemical Insect Repellents.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Pesticides and Pregnancy,” “Herbs and Pregnancy.”

Malaria Journal: “Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing.”

JOGCC : “Management of Tick Bites and Lyme Disease During Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 1, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Ticks and Lyme Disease,” “Stop Ticks,” “Natural Tick Repellents and Pesticides,” “Chapter 2, The Pre-Travel Consultation: Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks and Other Arthropods.”

MotherToBaby/Organization of the Teratology Information Specialists: “Fact Sheet: Insect Repellents.”

Mayo Clinic: “Got a tick? Get tweezers?” “Lyme Disease.”

InfantRisk Center/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: “Insect Bites and Repellent Sprays for Pregnant Women.”

MedicinesinPregnancy.org/UKTIS: “Chemical Insect Repellents.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Pesticides and Pregnancy,” “Herbs and Pregnancy.”

Malaria Journal: “Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing.”

JOGCC : “Management of Tick Bites and Lyme Disease During Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 1, 2017

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