Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ticks Be Gone!


Does just looking at the picture make your skin crawl and head itch? It is tick season and there are a few things you should know.

Where are the ticks?

Humid environments, wooded and grassy areas. Avoid walking in leaf litter and through shrubs. Be aware while gardening, camping and playing outdoors.

Prevention:
  • Use a repellent
  • Walk in open areas when possible
  • Avoid brush
  • Be extra careful during warmer months (April - September)
Do you have a tick:

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks. (Some research suggests that shorter drying times may also be effective, particularly if the clothing is not wet.) 


  • Tick Removal:


    1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
    2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
    3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
     
     
    Source: CDC.org
     

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