4 Simple Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease

//4 Simple Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease

4 Simple Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease

The best medicine is prevention so when recreating outdoors, take a moment to engage in a few simple steps to protect yourself, and even your pet, from Lyme disease carrying ticks and other tick-borne illnesses.

  1. Cover your body in light colored clothing.
  2. Use an insect repellant. Don’t forget the hard-to-see areas of the body such as your armpits, groin, and scalp.
  3. When you’re done with yourself, spray your pet too!
  4. Take the time to check yourself and your pet for ticks before going back inside.

Dr. Kaplan advises, “If you do notice Lyme-like symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately and ask to be tested. Remember: every individual is unique in their genetic makeup, medical history, and environmental exposures, and each of these factors can affect how Lyme disease manifests in your body. If some of your symptoms persist, even after you have been treated — don’t give up! Be your own advocate – keep asking questions and seeking answers until you find the right treatment options for you.”

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About the Author:

Gary Kaplan, DO
Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read Dr. Kaplan's complete bio, click here.