LYME DISEASE SEASON IS HERE. AS WEATHER GETS NICER AND COUNTIES MOVE FROM RED TO YELLOW TO GREEN IN THE COVID-19 REOPENING BE AWARE THAT’S IT’S ALSO TICK SEASON.
THEY CAN LIVE IN URBAN AREAS, BACKYARDS, AS WELL AS HEAVILY WOODED AREAS.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK:
Cover exposed skin with light clothing
Use insect repellent with 20% or more of Deet.
Do a check of ticks after being outdoors.
A bullseye rash, but not everyone gets the rash
Muscle or joint aches
THE ILLNESS IS SPREAD WHEN BACTERIA IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH A TICK BITE.
TIME SPENT OUTDOORS INCREASES THE CHANCES OF BEING BITTEN BY A TICK BUT CLEVELAND CLINIC’S DOCTOR ALAN TAEGE (TAY-GEE) RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING.
CG: Dr. Alan Taege /Cleveland Clinic “You can protect yourself. Use the insect repellent, particularly those with DEET, D-E-E-T, when you go out to work in your yard, camping, hiking, whatever you’re doing, put it on, because it can be very effective.” [:16]
IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE CAMPING, DOCTOR TAEGE SAYS YOU CAN ALSO USE AN ADDITIONAL CHEMICAL ON CLOTHING, TENTS AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT CALLED PERMETHRIN (PER-METH-ER-IN) TO KEEP TICKS AWAY.
ACCORDING TO DOCTOR TAEGE, IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO TUCK PANT LEGS INTO SOCKS OR BOOTS. THIS MAKES IT HARDER FOR TICKS TO GET ONTO YOUR SKIN.
HE ALSO RECOMMENDS WEARING LIGHT-COLORED CLOTHING. IT WILL BE EASIER TO SPOT AND SWAT A DARK-COLORED TICK ON A SLEEVE OR PANT LEG.
HE SAYS THE AVERAGE TICK HAS TO BE ATTACHED FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE IT CAN CAUSE ILLNESS. REMOVING THEM QUICK IS VITALLY IMPORTANT.
CG: Dr. Alan Taege /Cleveland Clinic “When you come in from any of those activities where you’ve exposed yourself to ticks you should do a tick check to try to be sure that you haven’t collected any of the little creatures on your body.” [:12]
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