Summer Bug Safety

April 24, 2010 | Health Advice | By: Ben Legler | Tags:

Mosquitoes and ticks are more than just Mother Nature’s tiny vampires, they can spread disease. With the recent West Nile Virus scares and the ever present tick related diseases such as Lyme Disease, one can never be too safe in deterring these hungry bugs. Here are some timely tips for dealing with summer bugs.

Skin should be covered up with light colored clothing as best as possible. Uncovered skin should be treated with a DEET containing compound, but make sure to apply to children only once daily. For the face, a small amount of DEET can be applied to the palms of the hands and then applied to the face. Be sure to wash off the palms after application is complete to avoid getting any of the DEET in your mouth inadvertently.

Thanks to Ben Legler, KU Med Student, for this article!