advertisement
27 March 2009

Getting ticked off?

Love being outdoors? Then be aware of the fact that tick bite fever is common in South Africa – especially in people who haven't built up an immunity against it.

0
Love being outdoors? Then be aware of the fact that tick bite fever is common in South Africa – especially in people who haven't built up an immunity against it. Although this illness can usually be treated easily, it is best to take common-sense precautions as to prevent being bitten.

Take action:
Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, trousers tucked into your socks and a hat when you visit tick-infested areas; spray approved insect repellents on your body and clothes (ask your pharmacist for more info); don't use the repellent on the skin of children under the age of six; when hiking, stick to the centre of footpaths and avoid bushes; keep your pets free of ticks; after hiking, examine your body carefully for ticks; taking a shower and shampooing your hair will also help.

First aid for tick bites

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

ManYour life
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

The debate continues »

Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you

The running vs. walking debate

There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss.

Veganism a crime? »

Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy?

Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food?

After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.