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Now that summer has finally rolled around, it’s officially the season of BBQs, outdoor volleyball tournaments, and flag football games. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for bug bites.

That’s why it’s of paramount importance to pick a good bug spray, says Sonia Batra, MD, a dermatologist and co-host of the show The Doctors. In addition to the telltale red bumps, discomfort, and itching caused by bug bites, “in certain areas, bug bites can also transmit infections” such as West Nile virus or Zika, says Batra. So you’ll want to protect yourself by reapplying bug spray throughout the day.

But which bug spray is most effective?

Click here to read the full article by Isadora Baum on MensHealth.com.  

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