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During the month of July we will be focusing on a new summertime weekly topic that addresses important seasonal issues. Be sure and check back each Wednesday in July to get helpful information and tips from the Compass Community Health Care Center providers on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all summer long.
With the peak of the summer season upon us, and daylight hours lasting longer, our outdoor fun and activities keep us outside well into the evening hours. Swimming, hiking, boating and soaking up the sun are enjoyed by many, but there are occasionally some uninvited guests. Ticks are always present in high grass and forested areas, as well as neighborhood back yards. Here are some tips to insure those tick pests don’t derail your summer fun.
Prevent tick bites by applying a repellant that contains DEET. The amount of DEET should contain at least 20 percent for adults, but no more than 30 percent for children. Consider wearing permethrin-treated clothing and avoid high grass and heavy brush areas when hiking. Check your body thoroughly everyday, paying special attention to places bugs like to hide, like armpits, behind ears, in your hair, between the legs and even inside the belly button.
Should you find a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it and pull upward slowly and steadily. Do not twist, as this can leave the tick’s head in your skin. Finally, dab the area with alcohol to disinfect.
Be aware to watch for signs of inflammation after the removal of a tick, and visual symptoms like a rash, or fever, fatigue, or flulike symptoms. If you notice any of these, seek medical attention. Keep in mind that Lyme disease often causes a “bulls-eye” rash. Should your tick bite develop into anything like this picture, contact your doctor or visit the emergency department or urgent care nearest to you.
For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact our office at 740-351-7102.
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