Hunter not hunted: protect yourself from Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases while in the field and forest


Please follow the manufacturer’s directions, which vary by brand. Of the 3 permethrin products available to Dr. Maloney, only one mentioned wearing gloves while applying the product. FYI – permethrin cream (same concentration) is used to treat scabies. It is applied from neck to toes and left on for 14 hours before washing off. Given its safety here, it’s unlikely that incidental hand exposure during clothing application will be harmful but hand washing after clothing application makes sense.

Permethrin is toxic to aquatic life so don’t apply the product near fish or waterways.