So we finally are approaching spring with the nice weather lately. Just went to go over information for all of us who will be starting our outdoor activities relating to Ticks!
Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria which can be transmitted by the bite of an
infected deer tick. Many people don’t remember being bitten by a tick and are unaware of
the possible infection. The tick must be attached to the host for at least 12-24 hours
before they begin to transmit the bacteria which cause Lyme disease, so early detection
and removal is important.
If you have been bitten and the tick is still embedded in your skin, use tweezers to grip
the body close to the skin. Pull directly outward, without twisting or squeezing, until the
tick releases itself. Apply an antiseptic to the bite area, and kill the tick by placing it in
alcohol. Your doctor may want to see the tick, so save it.
After being bitten by a tick, always watch for signs of Lyme disease. The most common
symptom is an enlarged, red “bull’s eye” rash at the site of the bite that develops between
three days and a month later. Flu-like symptoms may occur as well, including fever,
headache, sore throat, and sore and aching muscles and joints. Even if the symptoms and
rash disappear, Lyme disease can cause long-term health problems with the joints,
nervous system and heart if left untreated. At the first sign of these symptoms, see a
Lyme disease is most common between June and September. Workers who spend a lot of
time outdoors, especially in wooded areas, have a higher risk of being exposed to ticks.
Here are some simple ways to stay safer:
• Wear light-colored clothing, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants tucked into socks
• Use insect repellent only as directed
• Avoid areas with tall grass and brush
• Always shower after outdoor activity
• Conduct regular tick checks, paying close attention to the armpits, groin and neck
• See a doctor if a reaction occurs to a tick bite that lasts longer than a few days
This article contains information found at the NYS Department of Health Website. For
more information on ticks and Lyme disease, visit:
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