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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Lyme disease season is under way - another way of saying this is that tick season is here.
There are treatments for Lyme disease but the best treatment is preventing the problem in the first place - and common sense steps can help.
If you are going to be outdoors in a grassy or wooded area wear the lightest colored clothes possible. White is good because tiny ticks can be seen on white clothes easier.
Make sure your socks - which are best if white - are pulled over the pant legs. It goes without saying you should check your clothes periodically for ticks.
Another suggestion - wear a hat to prevent ticks from falling from trees on to your head. Repellants are available but you need to make certain they are a safe option.
There is an added advantage - protecting yourself from ticks also helps with protection from the sun's dangerous rays.
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