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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Preventing Tick Bites

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

As temperatures begin to regulate for the spring season in Michiana, 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.

For More Information

For more information on ticks and which bug repellent is best for you and your loved ones, head to the CDC website.

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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