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Health Tip: Tick Defense

Follow these precautions

(HealthDayNews) -- Ticks can carry Lyme disease and a number of similar illnesses, so the best way to avoid infection is to avoid the little critters altogether.

Lifespan Hospitals offers these tips:

  • Stay away from areas the may be infested, such as woods and grasslands.
  • If you are in the woods, walk in the center of the trail and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into your socks.
  • Wear boots or closed shoes and a hat.
  • Spray repellant containing permethrin on your clothes and apply compounds with DEET on exposed skin.
  • After being outdoors, wash your clothes. Then inspect your body carefully, particularly hairy areas.
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