Tips To Prevent Lyme Disease

It’s spring and that means we’re all headed outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and Mother Nature. Unfortunately, it’s also the time to worry about a tiny menace known as the tick. The blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick) can transmit Lyme disease through a single bite. Therefore, it is imperative to avoid ticks and being bitten at all costs.

To reduce your chances of a tick bite:
*Avoid tick-infested areas, such as leaf litter under trees. Avoid brushing against long grasses and brush on edges of paths. Don’t sit on stumps or fallen logs.
*Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves so you can easily see any ticks.
*Tuck shirt into pants and tuck pants into socks.
*Use DEET on skin and treat clothing with spray containing permethrin.
*Do a thorough tick check upon returning inside and for several days following exposure.
*Check bedding for several days following exposure for ticks that drop off.

Removing A Tick
If a tick is promptly found and removed, the infection can be prevented. When Lyme disease is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and become a chronic condition.

If you find a tick on your body, use tweezers to grasp it and pull directly upward. Try to avoid twisting the tweezers as you pull so that you don’t detach the tick’s mouth and leave it in your skin. After you’ve removed the tick, cleanse the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol. If you have any concerns, seek immediate medical attention. A hospital, doctor’s office, or medical clinic can use our Lyme disease test kit to get you immediate answers.

Enjoy your time outdoors, but always remember to be safe. If you take the proper precautions, the summer months can be filled with good health and outdoor adventure!

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