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Iodine to Prevent Lyme and West Nile

Iodine put onto a mosquito bite will kill all bacteria and viruses at the site of the bite within ten to thirty seconds, making it impossible for any virus or bacteria to multiply and get started - such as in West Nile Fever. Naturally this applies to ticks and tick bites, which can cause Lyme's Disease. People in mosquito and tick infested areas should carry around a bottle of iodine.

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By Robyn from TN

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Robin, it is such a great idea to immediately clean any bite area at the site to reduce the chances of general infection however the venom the mosquito (or spiders, or snakes, etc) injects starts running through a persons blood stream immediately. So even if a person places iodine or any other type of antiseptic or antibiotic on the bite itself it's not going to stop the spread of a virus that has already entered the blood stream internally.

The only reason I know this is because I am immune deficient now because of emphesema and am prone to cellulitis even from a non-infected insect bite area being cleaned within a couple of minutes of that bite. Once bitten the pumping of blood starts moving through your system immediately.

The best thing to do is indeed clean the affected area and then be sure to keep an eye on any symptoms of fever, redness or swelling that might occur over the next couple or few days. Call a doctor immediately if any of those mentioned symptoms do happen.

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