Beth Gottlieb MD talks about Lyme disease prevention & DEET Safety.
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Male Speaker: Is Lyme disease becoming more or less in the populations today? Beth Gottlieb: It may actually becoming a little bit less as people learn how to prevent Lyme disease. So now, I hear many kids tell me in their camp or in their girls scout or boys scout program, when they go on a hike or a trip, they are told to wear jeans and to tuck their jeans into their socks. These are all preventive things that people do to try to avoid a tick getting on you. And then at camps, I hear from a lot of children that at camp they do look for ticks at night, and so that is all very smart and a very good way to try to prevent the disease. So, people are much more aware now than they use to be. Male Speaker: So it is seems because we are doing the right thing, we will going to have less of it, we hope down the road? Beth Gottlieb: Yes, and they are also very good tick repellents even in sunscreen nowadays. And that's also very helpful. So for children who go to a camp where they maybe at high risk or doing activities during the day where they maybe exposed is a very good idea to use one of those products. They are safe for children and they can help to repel ticks. Male Speaker: Is there any particular main ingredient you look for? Beth Gottlieb: The ingredient is called Deet and I know that a lot of parents are fearful because in the past, it is been said to be very powerful chemical. But the amount that's put in these products is safe for children. And so when we look at what we call the risk-benefit ratio, the bad things that could happen from using it versus the bad things that could happen from not using it, these are very safe products to use and certainly the protection outweighs any of the risk, because you are not going to apply that much.