Tips for avoiding ticks and their diseasesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the best way to avoid tick-born diseases is to reduce the chances of getting bit by taking a few simple precautions whenever going into areas that might hold ticks.
By: Associated Press,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the best way to avoid tick-born diseases is to reduce the chances of getting bit by taking a few simple precautions whenever going into areas that might hold ticks.
— Discourge ticks by applying repellents. Those with DEET can be applied directly to the skin, but need to be re-applied every few hours. Repellents with permethrin can be sprayed on boots and clothing, and will last for several days.
— Protect your legs by tucking your socks into your pants legs.
— Wear light-colored clothing. It makes it easier to spot unattached ticks.
— When you leave a potentially infested area, check your body and hair for ticks. Quickly removing ticks reduces the chances of infection.
Removing a tick:
— Use tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin and pull up with steady pressure. Jerking it could leave its mouthparts in the skin. If you don’t have tweezers, grasp it with a tissue. Don’t use your bare hands.
— After removing the tick, disinfect the bite site and wash your hands.
— Save the tick. If you get sick, it may help the doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Put it in a plastic bag in your freezer, along with the bite date.
— The CDC says to avoid folk remedies like hot matches or petroleum jelly. They won’t make the tick detach, but they might stress the tick and cause it to release additional saliva and increase the risk of an infection.