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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Avoid Tick Bites

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Avoid Tick Bites

Warmer weather is right around the corner and most of us will head outdoors to work in the yard, enjoy a relaxing hike, or sit around a bonfire with friends.  While you are outdoors, beware of ticks.  Ticks are known to carry diseases such as Lyme disease.   The week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to avoid tick bites.

How to prevent tick bites.  

  • Ticks live in wooded areas, tall grass and leaf piles. Avoid these areas when able.
  • When at a park or wooded trail, be sure to stay on the path.
  • Wear proper attire when outdoors.
    • Long pants with pant cuffs tucked into boots or high socks.
    • Long sleeve shirt and tuck into pants.
    • Light colors allow you to easily spot ticks on clothing.
  • Protect your skin.
    • Use repellent that contains 20% or more DEET such as ‘Off! Deep Woods’.
  • Protect your gear.
    • Spray clothing and gear with a product that contains permethrin such as ‘Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent’.

Check for ticks

  • Be sure to check gear and clothing for ticks.
  • Immediately shower when returning from outdoors.
  • Check your entire body for ticks.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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