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What are some tips for preventing Lyme Disease?

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Here are some tips to keep Lyme disease at bay:

  • Check your body thoroughly for ticks. Infection does not occur until a tick has been attached to you for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear shoes, long pants tucked into socks or pant legs, and long sleeves -- especially if you spend time outdoors in areas inhabited by deer ticks0.
  • Use insect repellent with 20%-30% DEET around your ankles, other areas of exposed skin, and clothes. Follow directions carefully.
  • Check your clothing for ticks if you work or walk in brushy areas or woods; they are easier to see against light clothing. Check especially around the armpits, groin, scalp, belt line, neck and head. Check pets often, as well.
  • If possible, avoid tick-infested areas, particularly in May, June, and July.
  • If you find yourself in tick-infested areas, walk in the center of trails to avoid overgrown grass and leaf litter.
  • Remove deer ticks on your skin as soon as you see them.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 20, 2017

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