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Lyme Disease Prevention: Tips to Keep You Safe

Summary: What is the best defense against tick bites and Lyme disease? We've got the 411 on tick prevention.
Air Date: 6/21/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Arlo Weltge, MD
Arlo Weltge, M.D., MPH, FACEP, is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School Houston. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Texas Medical School Houston. He was in private practice in Emergency Medicine in Houston for 10 years before joining the faculty of the UT Medical School and is faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency program, which just celebrated its 20 year anniversary. He is Medical Director for the EMS Program at Houston Community College.

Dr. Weltge has also been Board Certified in Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is past Speaker of the American College of Emergency Physicians and past president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. He is active in the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association and the American Heart Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Star of Hope Mission, a homeless shelter in Houston, Texas and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Recovery Center.
Lyme Disease Prevention: Tips to Keep You Safe
This year is slated to be one of the worst for ticks.

As summer kicks into high gear, many people will be outdoors... playing in the grass and near woods, camping at campsites, running and riding bike on wooded trails, etc.

Unfortunately, these are prime areas for tick bites.

Of course, a major concern of getting a tick bite is contracting Lyme disease.

It's important to learn what signs to look for. For instance, if you see a bullseye rash, you may have been bitten by a tick.

Our expert guest, Dr. Arlo Weltge, discusses ways to best prevent tick bites this year as well as treatment options if you are bitten.
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