Tick Lyme Disease
What is tick lyme disease? How can you keep yourself from getting a tick-borne disease?
Ticks are natural summertime pests. They most frequently attach themselves to pets who spend time outdoors and bring themselves indoors. But also they can attach to adults and children alike who are on hiking trips, spending time camping, or even a simple gardening expedition.
Ticks are the main cause of lyme disease in children and adults. Lyme disease is typically mild, but if left untreated, can fully disable a person. Another prominent tick-borne disease is human granulocytic ehrlichiosis. This is a much more deadly disease than lyme disease and is a bacteria carried by the deer tick. HGE is found primarily in the northeastern and midwestern United States.
Preventing tick-borne diseases is fairly simple, but you have to know how to do it and what to look out for. Here are some preventative tips.
• When you're outside in a wooded or especially grassy area, wear shoes, socks and long pants. Tuck your long pants into your socks. Ticks tend to find their way to attach themselves to you. They want to suck your blood. Another objective should be to wear light clothing in order to best spot ticks.
• Use an insect repellent. Spray yourself with common insect repellents whenever you're spending time outside. You'll want to especially use these products when you'll be exploring or working in high-risk tick areas. Make sure you read the instructions on the insect repellent, however. Some are not to be used on children.
• When you're done working or spending time in a wooded area or another high-risk area, check your body thoroughly for ticks. You may not feel them on your body. Check your clothing, too. Some ticks are tiny when they attach themselves to you and grow while they suck your blood.
• If you find a tick on your body, use a pair of tweezers to squeeze the pest. Use the tweezers pointed at the tick's mouth and as close to your skin as possible. Slowly pull out the tick.
Check with your doctor for futhure information if this happens.