All About Ticks

Ticks carry the risk of Lyme disease and other harmful diseases. Ticks are found in 48 contiguous states, and this is why you need to learn how to be prepared to fight against the every-growing tick diseases and infestation.

According to the University College London, ticks are only second to mosquitoes as carriers of human disease. Health officials and institutions are teaching people how to stay safe and protect yourself against the insect and its potentially deadly bite.

You can consult your local doctor at the nearest urgent care to learn more about safety against ticks.

How to Prepare Against Ticks?

Ticks are often found in deep forests as well as clearings. Long grass and hedgerows in city parks and gardens also carry the risk for ticks as well as undeveloped areas. Here are some tips to stay safe against ticks.

Use Insect Repellent

We use repellents at home to take care of roaches, ants, etc. The same goes for ticks. You can easily use products with DEET on kids older than 2 months and adults. This will keep them safe from ticks and tick-borne diseases.

“The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months is to use 10% to 30% DEET,” Dr. Lockwood says.

“However, this should not be used on children younger than 2 months. Use the lowest percent DEET that provides protection for the length of time that you will be exposed to insects. After coming indoors, children should wash off the insect repellant. And avoid using products that combine sunscreen and insect repellant, since the sunscreen needs to be reapplied more often than the insect repellant.” Says Dr. Lockwood, who is associated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Check Yourself for Ticks

Once you return home, you should check to see if you carried ticks with you. Look for small bite signs and turn your clothes inside out to see if there any ticks attached to your clothes. These insects hide in dark areas and can blend in easily with your clothes.

“Daily tick checks need to be performed to remove as soon as possible to find any ticks that attached to the body,” Jen Trachtenberg, M.D., a spokesperson for the AAP and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “You must make sure to really check areas like the nape of the neck, the hairline, behind the ears, in the armpits, and in the groin area.”

Check Your Pets

“Don’t panic and don’t pick at it, since you want to be sure to remove it in its entirety,” Dr. Trachtenberg says. “It’s better to wait and get a tweezer rather than trying to squeeze it off with your hands.”

Your pets are the biggest carriers of nasty diseases and ticks inside your house. They play in the dirt, bushes, and grassy areas, and they carry around a plethora of ticks in their fur. Take them to a vet for regular checkups, and also check their fur for any signs of tick bites or ticks.

The Bottom Line

You can never be too careful. These are the three essential tips to stay safe during the tick season. Consult the local doctor at the local urgent care to find out more ways to keep yourself safe from ticks. Prevention is better than a cure.