Product Spotlight: Lyme Guard

Lyme GuardThe incidence of Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses are on the rise, and New Englanders have become very educated about ticks and tick-bite prevention.

Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaves and shrubbery. Key prevention strategies include bathing within 2 hours of coming indoors to allow a full body and scalp inspection, wearing long clothing to avoid skin exposure, and using repellents. The CDC has more information on avoiding ticks here.

The two primary chemical repellents suggested for tick avoidance are DEET and permethrin. The former can be used up to 30% on adults for tick repelling action up to 4 hours. Adverse effects have been noted from ingestion and in children, and DEET containing products are not recommended for infants less than 2 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines on insect repellents for children. Permethrin is an insect repellent that can be applied to clothing, shoes, and camping gear but not directly to skin.

Many essential oils have also been researched for their insect repelling properties. Lyme Guard is formulated with the expert advice of Dr. Raxlen, MD, a pioneer Lyme doc. This formula has 10 active ingredients that supply tick bite prevention for up to 4 hours. It also has a surprisingly pleasant aroma, without the intense citronella scent associated with most natural insect repellents. Available in 4 oz bottles (shown), or in handy 18 ml purse and/or  glove compartment sized containers,  Lyme Guard is a great companion for year round outdoor adventures and peace of mind.

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Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness Staff

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