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Reducing Your Risk of Lyme Disease

To reduce the risk of Lyme disease:

  • Stay away from places where ticks are often found—such as fields with brush and/or tall grass.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Wear long pants tucked into socks and long-sleeve shirts.
  • Apply (EPA-approved) tick repellent to clothes and exposed skin.
  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.
  • Check for and remove ticks. Remove them properly. Use tweezers, if possible. Then clean the bite site.
  • Report any tick bite to the doctor. Some doctors give antibiotics within 72 hours of a tick bite—in a high-risk area. This can reduce the risk of Lyme disease.
  • Check for signs of Lyme disease—such as a rash or fever within 30 days of the bite. Report any signs to the doctor.

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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD  Last Updated: 11/11/2021