Lyme Disease Prevention

There is unfortunately no sure fire way to make sure you always avoid ticks and don’t get bitten, but there are ways to make it less likely. Here are some ways to help prevent getting bitten as well as how to remove a tick if you are bitten.

Avoid Tall Grasses/ Wooded Areas

  • Tall grasses and wooded areas are places where ticks are rampant. If you are going on a hike be sure to stay in the middle of the path away from plants and grasses.

Use Repellent

  • DEET is a very commonly used repellent that can be used on both skin and clothing. According to the CDC “repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours.” Permetherin is a great choice and can be used on your clothing and any gear that you may bring with you. Of course, using spray is not 100% guaranteed to keep ticks off of you and it is always a good idea to check yourself over and shower within of 2 hours of returning home.
    • If you have any issues with your skin consult a doctor before applying any spray!

Clothing

  • Wear light colored clothing such as white or khaki pants, tall socks (white preferably) and a long sleeve shirt as well as a hat. Though this would be ideal dress it is not realistic for some hotter climates. There are many companies such as Insect Shield that have built in repellent. You can check out their site here.

Check Your Pets

  • Animals can very easily bring ticks into your house which can end up biting both your pet and later crawl over and bite you. Check them over when they come inside from playing in the yard.

Removal of ticks

  • Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way to remove ticks. The CDC explains how to properly remove ticks, click here to go to the page. There are also videos on youtube of how to remove them. Get the tick off as soon as possible, but be sure to remove it properly or you run an even higher risk of them infecting you.
    • **The tick does not need to be attached for 24 hours for Lyme Disease to be transmitted**

If you are bitten go to your doctor ASAP. If caught early Lyme Disease can be treated easily but when left for long periods of time untreated it grows into something much worse and ends up being much harder to treat.

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