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Is insect repellant safe to use on kids?

Lyme disease is the most common insect-borne illness in America today.  People catch Lyme disease from an infected tick bite that leaves a very distinctive 'target' shaped rash.

Dr. Cara Natterson, our pro on the subject says, "If you find a target-shaped mark on your body go see a doctor and ask if you have Lyme disease."  If you catch the disease at this point and you take antibiotics you'll be fine!

Lyme disease and the West Nile virus are disease hazards carried by insects that prey on human blood.  West Nile virus is spread by mosquitos carrying the disease.

The best protection against ticks and mosquitos is insect repellent.  Check out our links and find out more about deet and other bug avoidance products.

Our America Now pro can help you avoid these scary illnesses.  Here is an additional helpful hint from, Cara Natterson's book, Worry Proof,

Don't use a combination sunscreen-insect repellent.  The problem with these products is that the sunscreen needs to be reapplied every one to two hours while the insect repellent doesn't.  As a result, most people get either too little sunscreen (because they don't reapply) or too much repellent.

Stay tuned to America Now for information that empowers you to make the right choices!

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