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What is the best way to prevent a tick bite to avoid Lyme disease?

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To avoid getting bitten, wear pants and socks in the woods, areas with lots of trees, and while handling fallen leaves. Wear a tick repellent on your skin and clothing that has DEET, lemon oil, or eucalyptus. For even more protection, use the chemical permethrin on clothing and camping gear.

Shower within 2 hours after coming inside, if possible. Also, put your clothing and any exposed gear into a hot dryer to kill whatever pests might remain.

From: Lyme Disease: Important Facts to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC website.

Alan Taege, MD, Department of Infectious Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

EPA: “Climate Change Indicators in the United States.”

American College of Rheumatology.

Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Eisen, R. , March 2016. J Med Entomol

Paul Mead, MD, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity, Bacterial Diseases Branch, CDC.

John Aucott, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center.

Press release, Valneva. 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 25, 2018

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