Archive | July, 2012

How Travelers Can Protect Themselves from Lyme Disease This Summer

The weather has warmed and the summer vacationing season is finally here.  As suitcases across the country are being packed with traditional summertime necessities like sunscreen, goggles and favorite books for easy reading, one of the most important things for travelers who have extensive outdoor plans to keep in mind is something they usually don’t think about until it’s too late – tick prevention.

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance has compiled a list of the top five “must have” items in a Tick-Prevention Summer Travel Kit that every summer adventurer should include in their travel bags this season.

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease and the most common tick-borne disease in the country, according to the Center for Disease Control, but Lyme is only one of many diseases that ticks are able to pass on their human hosts.  TheTBDA Tick-Prevention Summer Travel Kit could actually prove to be lifesaving.

The TBDA Tick-Prevention Summer Travel Kit includes:

o        Tick-Repellent Clothing.  Brands such as Insect Shield, ExOfficio’s BugsAway or ElimiTick can be purchased from retailers like L.L. Bean and Eastern Mountain Sports and are effective for up to 70 washes.  Clothing-safe tick sprays such as those with permethrin, an insecticide that repels and kills ticks, are a great alternative to pre-treated clothing.  Footwear, socks and sleeping bags should always be treated along with pants and shirts.

 

o        Maximum Coverage Clothing.  Travelers should bring along a pair of pre-treated, light-colored long pants, a long sleeve shirt and a hat when outside in the elements.  A reduction in the amount of skin exposed means a reduction in the number of places a tick can attack. Continue Reading

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