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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA bite from a tick can lead to health problems like Lyme disease. Find out how to ward off ticks as Dr. Oz explains in this video.
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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredHere's your basic, four-point plan to lower your risk of tick bites and Lyme disease:
- Use insect repellant with DEET. I'm convinced the benefits of DEET far outweigh the risks -- if there are any risks at all. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that young kids and pregnant women avoid the pesticide. Try oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD (para-menthane-3,8-diol) -- the synthesized version).
- Cover up. Wear long sleeves and pants tucked into your socks when in grassy or wooded areas. Light-colored clothing helps you spot any hop-alongs.
- Shower when you get home. Ticks don't always bite immediately.
- Check your pets. Ticks hidden in your pet's fur and hair can easily infect you -- and your pet.