By Molly Mann, DivineCaroline
Who doesn’t love summer? For those three blissful months, it’s perfectly okay to wear a sexy, strappy dress during the daytime, to read trashy novels by the pound (beach reads!), and to consider ice cream its own food group. But summer fun is quickly dampened by a case of Lyme disease, poison oak or ivy, or food poisoning. Learn how to prepare for seasonal hazards before they make you glum, beach bum.
1. Lyme Disease
If you’re spending a lot of time in grassy and heavily wooded areas, watch out for ticks. They carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease and can pass it to humans. Check your body for ticks and their distinctive bites—they look like bull’s eyes—regularly, and see a doctor immediately if you see a tick or bite, or if you experience flu-like symptoms. If you are diagnosed with Lyme disease and treat it immediately with antibiotics, you can recover completely. But if you let it go untreated too long, it may become chronic.
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