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Old 08.05.2021, 23:49
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Re: Ticks in Switzerland

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I was so ready to check every beautiful hiking spot in Switzerland, I guess I will stick to the lake
Honestly, there is no need to forgo hiking. Everyone here is saying the same thing: Enjoy hiking, just follow some sensible precautions.

To sum up the suggestions in this thread:

1. Get the FSME vaccine - it's IIRC three shots, protects for 10 years.

2. Use Anti-Brumm spray, avialable at any Apotheke, perhaps even in grocery stores as well:
https://www.antibrumm.ch/produkte/an...-zecken-stopp/

3. Carry a tick puller:

Easiest to use IME is O'Tom's:
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...enzange/270776

Another handy gadget is a tick puller with LED light. A bit more fiddly, but handy in low light conditions:
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...enzange/676096

(Yes, I buy my tick pullers from pet stores. They work just as well on humans.)

4. Wear long sleeves, long trousers, tuck trouser legs into your socks, wear close-toed shoes.

5. Stay out of undergrowth if possible

6. Check for ticks after an outing.

7. Discuss your concerns with your GP so that you understand what to look for in a tick bite, and what to do if you get one, and when it might be necessary to seek treatment.



Why give up hiking in this beautiful country when sensible, relatively easy precautions can help to minimize risk?
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