As the weather warms up and we begin to spend more time outdoors it is very important to protect ourselves against mosquito, tick, and flea bites as they have the potential to make us sick. How can you protect you and your family against these biting bugs you might ask... by using appropriate insect and tick repellant (preferably containing at least 20% DEET) and applying as directed. Be sure to apply sunscreen prior to repellant for peak effectiveness of both products and if you really do not like wearing repellant keep in mind that clothing makes an excellent barrier; wear long sleeve shirts and tuck pants into boots to reduce exposure to bug bites. When possible wear light colored clothing because it will make bugs easier to spot and after coming indoors take a few minutes to check your clothes and skin for bugs and bites. Don't forget to check the the family pet too!
How to remove a tick:
- 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 or soap and water.
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible--not waiting for it to detach.
*Consult with your healthcare provider if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, or fatigue within 1-3 weeks following a bug bite*
Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for additional information regarding tick removal.
The information in this email is designed to raise awareness of current health, wellness, and safety topics. It is not a substitute for medical care. If you have questions about the health information addressed in this communication please contact a licensed healthcare provider. Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention