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HEALTH TOPICS

The Great Outdoors

Enjoying the outdoors is a great way to get exercise and fresh air. Here are some pointers on staying safe and dealing with common health issues.

It's in the water!

Even in crystal-clear mountain streams or chlorinated swimming pools, invisible creatures are lurking that can make you sick. What are these "bugs," and how can you avoid them?

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Tick trouble

Getting bitten by ticks can be more than a nuisance. Ticks can spread various illnesses, Lyme disease being the most common. How do you protect yourself?

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Hay fever

You may call them hay fever, but seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, can be triggered by different types of pollen, but not by hay.

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Poison ivy

Contact dermatitis is another kind of allergy, one that appears as a skin rash. One of the most common triggers of contact dermatitis is poison ivy.

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