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Posted by: Col | 2008/06/02

Prevention of Tick Bite Fever

Hi - would you please advise what precautions (topical and / or internal) I should take immediately before and after going on a hike to prevent tick bites. If possible, please advise re the brand name of the product/s suggested. Thank-you.

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There's nothing available to take internally. Topical repellents may help e.g. Tabard. Try Bayticol spray on your clothes. (You may want to also ask our Pharmacist to recommend brands.) This shouldn't replace doing a thorough skin check after a hike however. Wear long sleeves and trousers in light colours to make it easier to spot the ticks.

If you do get bitten, you should consult your doctor if you start to experience symptoms.

For more info, have a look at our article on tick-bite fever http://www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-824-1855,14021.asp

And how to remove a tick:

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