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Tick bite prevention and tick removal

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7123

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Re: Tick bite prevention and tick removal

Dear Editors,

Essential oil of Origanum vulgaris(oregano), containing high quantities of carvacrol, apart from exhibiting broad spectrum bactericidal activity, even against antibiotic-resistant strains[1], broad spectrum fungicidal activity, without any side effects, even against fluconazole resistant strains[2], is also acaricidal[3] and insecticidal[4].

Sprayed over clothes and beds, it could easily deal with ticks and reduce exposure to chemicals and pharmaceuticals.



Competing interests: No competing interests

31 January 2014
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece