TICK BITE PREVENTION AND TICK REMOVAL
It's that time of year again. Spring. Spring to summer and fall weather increases our exposure to ticks. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of ticks in our area. Listed below is an article from the CDC on tick removal. I highly recommend visiting these two links.
Tick and Lymes disease is a real issue.
Individuals with exposure to wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter are at greatest risk of tick exposure. It is important to remind patients to reduce the likelihood of a tick bite by:
*walking in the center of trails and avoiding areas with high grass and leaf litter;
*using repellent that contains at least 20% DEET on exposed skin and use products that contain 0.5% permethrin on clothing;
*wearing light-colored clothing, which will make it easier to see crawling ticks;
*conducting full-body tick checks (also check pets) after spending time in tick habitat; and
*bathing or showering within 2 hours after coming indoors.
If an attached tick is found, it should be promptly removed using fine-tipped tweezers. The tick should be grasped as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pulled upward with steady, even pressure. CDC’s directions for tick removal can be found here: