Given the mild winter, this year we are expected to see a high numbers of ticks.
- Cover exposed areas when outdoors. Wear high socks, long sleeved shirts when possible.
- Bathe or shower nightly and perform tick checks at the end of each day
- It can take up to 48-72 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme, so prompt removal can help avoid the transmission of Lyme Disease.
- Insect Repellent
- Should contain 10-30% DEET
- Apply freely to clothing and hats but sparingly to exposed skin
- Avoid combination products of sunscreen and insect repellent together.
- Grasp tick as close to the skin as possible with a tweezers.
- Slowly pull the tick away from the skin
- Call us if any piece remains in the skin
- Clean the area with alcohol or antibacterial soap
- Do not bring the tick into the office
If you live in an area with a lot of ticks, you might consider purchasing an easy tick removal spoon called “Ticked Off.” It is very easy and effective. http://www.tickedoff.com/
Please call us if any rash, fevers, or joint and body pain develop 3-30 days after a bite.
For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/Lyme