Tick Spreading Alert! How To Stay Safe From The Ticks’ Bites During Warm Season

Date May 9, 2018


Tick population will raise this summer due to climate change, the health experts warn. Typically, they cling to the person’s sensitive areas with the thinnest skin in the woody and rural places. However, as the tick explosion is predicted, the city dwellers are in danger too.

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The bites of these insects are spreading the dangerous Lyme disease. It is relatively easy to treat in the early stages if you seek the medical help within few hours after the bite. But delay can cause serious health damage, as the bacteria move to the central nervous system, joints, muscles, eyes, and heart.

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Its symptoms include fatigue, rash, swollen joints, dizziness and fever, cognitive decline, blurred vision, heart problems. That’s why it is essential to take precautions to avoid the tick bites.

1. Get the spray! The anti-bite spray is a must this summer, especially if you have a picnic in the woody area. The experts suggest picking the products containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. The sprays containing permethrin are good for using on clothes, as this substance lingers in the fabrics even after a few laundries.

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2. Pick the right clothes. Cover your arms and legs with clothes if possible. When it comes to color, use the lighter shades so that you could spot the tick on the garments before it sucks into your skin.

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3. Do a proper checkup. Examine your body after being outside. The most frequent places for ticks to cling to are the groin, the armpits, bends under the elbows and knees. As the bug is too small in size, it’s often hard to recognize.

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If you have found a tick on you already:

·         Disinfect the area before pulling it out;

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·         Grab the bug with the tweezers with pointed edges;

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·         Grab it as close to the skin as you can perpendicular to the tick's body. Pull the head and mouthparts up with a steady motion.

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·         Keep the bug! It is important to identify the tick to get a treatment. There are several kinds of this insect; some of them may not spread the infection at all. However, take a picture of it and show it to your doctor in order to cure the disease at the early stage, if this is the case.

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Listen to your body and watch out for the symptoms. Do not panic if you have found a tick on you, but do not delay your visit to the hospital if you feel unwell after the bite. Found early, the diseases spread by the bugs can be treated with antibiotics.

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Remember, that prevention is always better than cure.

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