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Tick Bites: 3 Effective Ways To Prevent Them From Happening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are up to 300,000 people being infected by Lyme disease every year across the U.S. It has been too common that even Hollywood celebrities and artists got the infection.

Over the past years, Avril Lavigne, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin and Yolanda and Bella Hadid were among the famous people who spoke about the disease. Some celebrities said they struggled to be diagnosed and suffered from the infection for years.

The CDC considers Lyme disease as the one of the most common infectious diseases in the country. People often gets the disease from a tick bite. 

There are several types of ticks that spread the virus. In the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central parts of the country, the blacklegged tick or deer tick carries Lyme disease, while residents on the Pacific Coast have been contracting the virus because of the western blacklegged tick. 

Health officials have been launching campaigns to help fight Lyme disease. However, the infection is expected to continue to affect more people. 

But there are ways you can prevent the spread of Lyme disease. Simple efforts could help protect you and your loved ones. 

How To Prevent Tick Bites

Apply Tick Repellent

Just like insects there are products available in the market that promise to keep them away from you or your place. 

Tick repellents include lemon eucalyptus oil and permethrin. Apply these on your clothing, shoes, sleeping bags and other wearables to avoid ticks. 

These treatments can stay on materials for a long period of time even after several washes. 

Avoid Tall Grass

Ticks can be too small to notice. One of the best things to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid areas where ticks are commonly found. 

Ticks stay on the outer tips of the grass when seeking hosts. You can also find them in leaf litter and under logs found in campsites, yards, parks and other areas outdoors. 

Always Search Ticks Around Your Body 

After spending time outside playing, walking or hiking, change your clothes immediately as you return home. Take a shower and check your body for tick bites. 

They commonly stay in hard-to-see areas, such as the groin, armpits and scalp, according to Chris Kresser. In some cases, you might need a magnifier as some ticks are active even in a young size of a poppy seed.

If you find a tick still attached to your skin, get a pair of pointy tweezers and remove them carefully to avoid leaving parts of them in your skin. 

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