25 Apr Prevent Lyme Disease: Follow these Steps to Avoid getting Bitten
May is National Lyme Disease Prevention Month.
Unfortunately, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Upstate New York have the highest rates of Lyme disease. The culprit in the Northeast is the deer tick.
Lyme disease cases peak in the spring and summer when ticks are around and people spend the most time outdoors.
Here are some tips to protecting ourselves:
- Avoid areas bushy and wooded areas where there is a high concentration of ticks.
- Use insect repellant that contains 20 to 30 percent of the chemical DEER. Be sure to spray your and clothing as well.
- Cover up. Wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and tuck your pants into your socks or boots. Light colored clothing is a good idea since it helps spot ticks more easily.
- Always check yourself for ticks after you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors; especially the lower part of your body.
- Finally, if you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible. Be sure to remove the entire tick including its head. Use fine-tipped tweezers and grab the tick as close to the mouth as possible, which is the part attached to your skin. If you are unable to remove the tick completely, call your doctor.
- It is always a good idea to follow-up with your doctor.