Tick season is upon us, and it's important that New York state residents are prepared. Since ticks can carry a variety of dangerous diseases, it's crucial to take precautions against them. We have put together some helpful advice, ways you can prevent tick bites, and what to do if someone gets bit by one.
Preventing Tick Bites
Ticks are small, parasitic creatures that attach themselves to the skin of their host to feed on their blood. While feeding, they can transmit dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Ticks are most active during the spring and summer months, so it's important to be extra vigilant. There are a few simple steps to protect yourself against ticks.
- Avoid areas where ticks are known to live, such as wooded areas with long grasses. If you must go into these areas, wear long pants and long sleeves to keep your skin covered.
- Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or permethrin. Be sure to apply it according to the instructions on the label.
- Conduct a full-body tick check after spending time in an area where ticks might be present.
I Found a Tick, Now What?
If you find a tick on your body, don't panic; you can remove it safely. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. Next, pull the tick away from the skin with a steady, even motion. Avoid crushing the tick, as this could cause its disease-carrying fluids to be released into your body. Finally, clean the bite area with soap and water and disinfect the tweezers with rubbing alcohol.
How to Handle Tick Bites
If you get bit by a tick, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tell your doctor about the bite, when it occurred, and where you were when you got bit. Your doctor will likely order a blood test to check for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. If you catch the illness early, it can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Tick season is nothing to take lightly, but you can stay safe this year by following these simple tips.
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