Beware of Ticks
Did You Know?
Spending time outdoors is a wonderful way to bond with family and friends, and enjoy nature. Before you head out into the great outdoors, you need to be aware of a danger lurking not so deep in the woods—Lyme disease. This bacterial infection is contracted after coming in contact with a deer tick that has feasted off another infected animal.
There are three main stages of Lyme disease:
- Early Localized Lyme Disease: A rash develops on the skin at the site of the bite within one to 31 days. It resembles a bull’s-eye and slowly expands followed by flu-like symptoms.
- Early Disseminated Lyme Disease: Skin, joint, nervous system and heart complications occur.
- Late Persistent Lyme Disease: Infected person develops severe joint, nervous system and heart complications.
As you can see, prevention and early recognition of Lyme disease is critical for your well-being.
Use these tips to help prevent coming in contact with a deer tick while outdoors:
- Wear light-colored clothing to make identifying ticks easier.
- Spray yourself with insect repellent that contains DEET.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when in wooded areas.
- Walk in the center of trails to avoid overhanging trees or bushes.
- Keep long hair tied back so that ticks cannot climb up your hair and attach themselves to your scalp.
- Wash your body and clothing and inspect your body for ticks. Inspect your dog’s coat too if he or she has been playing in wooded areas.
Bacteria from a tick bite do not transmit into your bloodstream for 36 to 48 hours, which lessens your chance of contracting the disease if you find ticks and remove them immediately:
- Use a tweezers to grab the tick firmly where it has entered the skin.
- Slowly, yet firmly, pull the tick directly outward.
- Once the tick is removed, clean the bite thoroughly with a disinfectant and watch the area for any symptoms.
By Zywave, Inc.