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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is insect repellant a good way to prevent being bitten by ticks that can cause lyme disease?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
May work: Insect repellent may work to ward off some insects. However ticks are little different. They can reach your body thru different means. You may have them latched on your cloths, pets, birds . Best thing to do is avoid by going into high grass area, leaves, and area you know is visited by deer racoons etc. Check your body after outdoor activities, if you need to use repellent, spray it on cloths.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Maybe: It is only effective if the insect repellant states it is effective against insect responsible for tick bites.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Insect repellents are always a good idea to help prevent insect bites including ticks.

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