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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.

Healthy Hints

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.