Tick Check

To avoid tick borne disease do the following:
  • Avoid areas infested with ticks.
  • Use protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off the skin.
  • Use insect repellent such as DEET 20% to 30% on clothes and exposed skin. Children should use DEET 10%.
  • Use permethrin spray for clothes (pants, shirts, socks and shoes), tents, and camping gear. Permethrin should not be used directly on skin.
  • Check for ticks daily and remove any attached ticks promptly. A tick should be removed by pulling it away from the skin with the help of tweezers or a similar device. Even if the mouthparts of a tick are left in the skin, it is not able to transmit bacteria. The area of skin should be washed with soap and water. Avoid crushing the tick's body. 
  • Use strategies to reduce the number of ticks in infested areas. This may include application of insecticides, landscaping to make it less favorable for ticks (e.g., removing leaf litter, tall grass, and brush around living areas to increase exposure to sun and air and reduce the numbers of ticks).
A vaccine for Lyme disease is not available at present.

You may need treatment if:
  • An engorged tick is removed after at least an estimated 36 hours of attachment.
  • B burgdorferi (tick known to cause Lyme disease) prevalence in local ticks is known to be greater than 20%.
Treatment should be started within 72 hours of tick removal.
See your healthcare provider if you have concerns about a tick bite.
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1 comment:

DJ said...

Like the 'click on tick' thing!