Take The Time To Be ‘Tick Safe’ This Summer
A bite from a tick is all too common these days. These tiny creatures have a tendency to utilize us as their food source and unfortunately, spread some pretty nasty diseases. If you’ve found a tick on your skin it can feel pretty scary if you don’t know what to do. Here are a few questions that may run through your mind and answers on how you can be tick safe this summer.
Do you know how to remove the tick safely?
Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, ticks may still find their way onto us or our animals. So, it’s still important to know how best to remove them. Check out these 3 steps to removing ticks safely.
Does it hurt when you remove the tick?
If you remove a tick the right way, it shouldn’t hurt. Always make sure you follow the steps to remove ticks safely. You need to ensure you remove all the mouth parts that have embedded into the skin, as later on, any remaining parts could lead to infection.
Do you know the type of tick that’s taken a bite from you?
It’s not always easy to identify the type of tick that you’ve found. This useful article has a visual guide that will help you to identify the type of tick and whether you could be at risk of potential tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.
If you’ve ever been bitten by a tick, and 4 in 10 Americans say they have, according to a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, you might have assumed you were at risk for Lyme disease. But presently, Lyme disease is known to be transmitted by only two species of tick in the U.S. That means if your bite wasn’t from a deer tick or a Western blacklegged tick, you might not need to worry about Lyme.
Is it possible that you could be bitten by a tick and never know about it?
It can be tricky to detect whether you’ve been bitten by a tick. It’s common for you to not even feel the tick bite you, which is why it’s so important to do a thorough body check for ticks if you’ve been anywhere that could potentially be a tick habitat. In fact, it’s just good practice to always check yourself for ticks! You might only spot a tick bite once the tick has dropped off from your skin, so it’s important to monitor the bite for any reaction and symptoms that could relate to tick-borne disease.
Do you know how to protect yourself from further tick bites?
There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe from ticks. The obvious steps are to wear appropriate clothing and use repellent. This article provides a few further tips for keeping tick free.
It’s summertime, which means outdoor play, hiking, gardening — and tick bites. The creepy crawlies tend to latch on during the summer months and these arachnids are ubiquitous throughout the U.S. But tick bites are more than just an annoying spring and summer nuisance. Each year, about 300,000 people in the U.S. catch Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria, from a tick bite, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
Taking the time to be aware of ticks could save you, your family and your four-legged friends from debilitating and potentially life-threatening diseases. The reality of the matter is that these tiny pests can have a huge impact on your health. Take the time to be ‘tick safe’ this summer and all year through.
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