Summer is the perfect time to spend your evenings outdoors, enjoying dinner on the patio or taking a walk around the neighborhood with the family. While this time of year can bring enjoyable evenings, it can also bring about extra exposure to insects. One of the more dangerous insects to avoid this time of year is the tick. Notorious for carrying Lyme disease, the tick requires blood meals to complete its life cycle.
Because ticks do not jump or fly, they will most commonly climb onto your feet as you walk through wooded areas or find their way onto you as you sit outdoors. By spraying insect repellent on yourself and your clothes and by wearing shoes that cover your feet completely, you will greatly reduce the risk of a bite. However, if you do experience a tick bite, there is no need to panic. Simply follow the instructions below to remove the tick immediately.
The best way to remove a tick is by using a set of fine tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the surface of the skin as possible and pull backwards gently using steady pressure. It’s important that you don’t jerk or twist the insect. You should also avoid squeezing, crushing or puncturing the tick as its bodily fluids could contain infection-causing organisms.
Once the tick has been removed, wash the area that was bitten with soap and water. You should also wash your hands thoroughly as well.
If you’ve experienced a tick bite, it’s important to remember that the risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness is very low, even if the insect is carrying an infectious agent. With that said, you should continually be watching for symptoms that may arise, such as a rash, fever, headache, joint pain or dizziness. If you do experience any of the above symptoms or have concerns regarding a tick bite, consider seeking medical care at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.