(HealthDay News) -- Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bite of an infected tick.
Here are suggestions to reduce your risk of Lyme disease, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Stay out of areas where ticks are likely to be, including wooded areas, tall grass, and places with lots of leaf cover.
- Use an insect repellent on skin and clothing. Look for products that contain 20 percent to 30 percent DEET.
- Another repellent, permethrin, can be applied to clothing, but never directly to the skin.
- When heading to where ticks may gather, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt that are both light in color, so it's easier for you to spot ticks.
- Check yourself thoroughly for ticks before heading indoors. If you spot a tick, remove it carefully with tweezers.
- Be aware of any unusual symptoms, including a circular rash, tiredness, chills, fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain.