Although a bite from the tiny American Deer Tick is virtually painless, its effects can be long-lasting if the tick was carrying Lyme Disease. Although Lyme disease is not fatal, it can seriously threaten your health with arthritis, irregular heartbeats and even paralysis.
Here are some quick tick tips to keep you safe and healthy while still enjoying the outdoors:
- Wear a buttoned, long-sleeve shirt and tuck your pants into your socks.
- Wear light clothing as it is easier to see ticks.
- Try to avoid areas with tall grass and weeds.
- Insect repellents can be applied to clothing.
If you do discover a tick, don’t panic. Take the following steps to remove it:
- Use tweezers to grab the tick’s head as close to the body as possible. Do not squeeze the tick’s body.
- Gently pull straight out, ensuring you have removed all of the tick.
- Clean the area with antiseptic.
Keep in mind that there are several varieties of ticks. Lyme disease typically feels like the flu with headache, nausea, fever and aching joints. Some people develop a circular bulls-eye rash as well. If you have any concerns about a tick or tick bite, it’s best to see your doctor.