Here are some tips to protect you from tick bites:  
  • Wear light-colored clothing.  This allows you to see a tick more easily.
 
  • Wear a hat & long-sleeved shirt.
 
  • Tuck your clothes in, shirts into pants and pants into socks. Use a rubber band or tape the area where the socks and pants meet to prevent ticks from getting under clothing.
 
  • Use an insect repellant with DEET.  Be careful and read label instructions and cautions about use on young children.
 
  • Stay in the middle of a trail.  Avoid tall grass, underbrush and fallen trees.
 
  • Once home perform a tick check then shower immediately..
 

 
Removing a tick:
  • Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly, steadily and firmly.  Avoid crushing the tick's body.
  • Once removed, clean the area with antiseptic, such as alcohol.
  • Save the tick in a jar of alcohol or tape it to a piece of cardboard, so it can be identified by your local health department.
 
The early signals of Lyme disease that may appear a few days or weeks after a tick bite:
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Skin rash, which may have a bull's-eye appearance
 
Signals that may appear weeks, months, or even years after getting a tick bite:
  • Arthritis
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis of the facial muscles, usually on one side
  • Memory loss
  • Problems with hearing or vision
  • Severe headache
  • High fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Irregular or rapid heart beat

 

If any of these signals appear

or

you have been bitten by a tick,

consult your medical professional.


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