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Martha Jefferson HealthWise--July 18th


Americans will spend countless hours outdoors as the summer continues on. Chances are if you've spent anytime outside you've dealt with those pesky summer annoyances, poison ivy, chiggers, mosquito bites, ticks and bee stings. They are a fact of life when going outdoors.

Dr. Deb Elder a Dermatologist with Martha Jefferson Hospital explains it is important to use protection against Mosquitoes because of West Nile Virus. Also, ticks can be a burden. It is very important to remove them properly by using tweezers close around the head.

Poison Ivy can be treated by using dawn to get the oil off the skin. Also, shower off as soon as possible.

Finally, if you have these rashes around the face, its important to see a Doctor.

For more information, go to www.cdc.gov


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