Big threats can come in very small packages. This summer, be sure to be on the lookout for ticks to ensure you do not contract Lyme disease or any other disease that is spread by tick bites. At AFC Urgent Care, we want you to enjoy your summer as much as possible. Be sure to learn how to protect yourself from ticks & what to do if you are bitten by one.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM TICK BITES:

  • Know where to expect ticks – The ticks that spread Lyme disease can be found in damp & humid environments, particularly in & near wooded or grassy areas. It is very possible to get bitten by a tick when playing outside, or walking through leaves & bushes. To avoid ticks, try not walking through tall bushes & other vegetation.
  • Use insect repellent – Repellents containing permethrin should be applied to boots, clothing & camping gear. Repellents containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied directly to the skin or to clothing & are capable of protecting for several hours.
  • Perform daily tick checks – After being outdoors, even in your own yard, it is important to check your body for ticks. Search your entire body for ticks; use a hand-held or full length mirror to make sure no body part goes unchecked. It is important to check your clothing & pets for ticks as well because they can carry ticks into your home.  

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BITTEN BY A TICK:

  • Remove attached ticks quickly & correctly – Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick as soon as it is noticed. If a tick has been attached to your skin for under 24 hours, your chances of contracting Lyme disease are small, but other diseases are capable of being transmitted as well.
  • Watch for symptoms – The primary symptoms of Lyme disease are a rash & fever. Even if you do not recall being bitten by a tick, a sudden fever or odd rash may be the first signs of Lyme disease, especially if you have been in a tick-friendly habitat.
  • Visit your local AFC Urgent Care – If you are showing the signs or symptoms of being bitten by a tick, it is critical to get help as soon as possible. AFC Urgent Care is devoted to getting you the treatment you need!