Health Tip: Preventing Tick Bites
(HealthDay News) -- A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you.
Here are suggestions from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Know where ticks are likely to gather, and try to avoid them. Steer clear of tall, thick vegetation.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and spray clothing with .5 percent permethrin insect repellent. Use repellent that contains at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on any uncovered skin.
Check yourself and your children for ticks daily. Favorite hiding spots include the armpits, ears, belly button, waist, head, hair, between the legs and behind the knees.
If you find a tick, remove it quickly with fine-tipped tweezers. Look for warning signs of Lyme disease, such as rash or fever.
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