In addition, be sure to check every inch of your body once you return from your adventure to make sure you are free from any ticks. Remember, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!
If you find a tick on yourself or a loved one, there are simple measures you can take to effectively remove a tick, according to the Center for Disease Control. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
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.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
The CDC also recommends avoiding remedies such as covering the tick with petroleum jelly to suffocate the parasite, this will only make the tick dig deeper in.
If the tick has attached, see a health professional. The staff at the Warrensburg Health Center and other Hudson Headwaters clinics know how and when to treat with antibiotics to quell the infection before it causes untreatable, chronic health problems. Remember, not all Lyme Disease and other tick-bite infections cause the tell-tale bulls-eye rash.
If you do develop a rash or fever within a week or so of removing a tick, see a health provider. Be sure to tell a physician or qualified nurse about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick, which are carried by small mammals and rodents as well as deer.
Deer exhibit varied colors