Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ehrlichiosis Prevention

Prevention of ehrlichiosis includes:

  • Avoid wooded areas where deer ticks live.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, and a hat.
    • Wear insect repellent clothing.
  • Use tick repellents on clothing and exposed skin:
    • Tick repellents that contain DEET
    • Tick repellents that contain permethrin
  • Check your skin and clothing for ticks after being outdoors.
    • Shower after going into the woods.
  • See your doctor within 4 hours if you are unable to completely remove a tick from the skin.
  • Treat pets for fleas and ticks.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ehrlichiosis References
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