Now that warmer weather is here, you’re likely spending more time outdoors. That increases the chance of coming into contact with ticks. Tick bites can just be a minor annoyance, like other bug bites, but they can also lead to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick and can produce a range of symptoms, from a rash and fever to fatigue, joint pain and even paralysis. Approximately 300,000 people get Lyme disease each year, with the greatest risk in the New England, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas of the country.

5 ways to reduce your risk of tick bites and Lyme disease

1

Keep ticks out of your yard

You don’t have to be in the woods to get bitten by a tick. To reduce the tick population in your yard, clear tall grasses, brush and leaves.

2

Avoid tick-prone areas

If you are in an area with lots of vegetation, stick to the center of trails. Don’t walk through wooded areas with bushes, leaves or tall grass.

“Lyme disease is a very serious condition that can have significant and long lasting adverse effects on your health. As Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick, minimizing the risk of exposure is of utmost importance – and this article offers a number of helpful strategies to do just that. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

However, if you suspect that you may have been bitten by a tick, or are experiencing symptoms possibly related to Lyme disease, see your primary care doctor as soon as possible! It is better to be safe than sorry, as timing is of the essence for not only preventing Lyme disease, but also for preventing the dangerous sequelae it can produce.”

Dr. Joseph F. Fasanello

Trinity Medical Primary Care

3

Protect your body

When in areas prone to ticks, wear closed shoes, socks, long pants (tuck into socks), a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Apply insect repellent with at least 20% DEET to your skin. Products containing permethrin can be used on clothing, shoes and gear for more protection.

4

Perform a tick check

Your chance of getting Lyme disease is low if a tick is removed from your skin within 24 hours. Deer ticks are very small (about the size of a pin head) and may be hard to find, so carefully check your body, clothing and pets after being outdoors. Shower to remove ticks that have not yet attached to your skin. If you find a tick, use a fine-tipped tweezer to gently grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull straight out and don’t twist. Clean the area with soap and water, antiseptic or alcohol.

5

Watch for symptoms

Even if you don’t remember getting bitten by a tick, see a doctor if you have a rash, fever or flu-like symptoms, the most common signs of Lyme disease. The sooner treatment begins if you have Lyme disease, the better.

Find a Family Doctor Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

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Now that warmer weather is here, you’re likely spending more time outdoors. That increases the chance of coming into contact with ticks. Tick bites can just be a minor annoyance, like other bug bites, but they can also lead to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick and can produce a range of symptoms, from a rash and fever to fatigue, joint pain and even paralysis. Approximately 300,000 people get Lyme disease each year, with the greatest risk in the New England, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas of the country.

5 ways to reduce your risk of tick bites and Lyme disease

1

Keep ticks out of your yard

You don’t have to be in the woods to get bitten by a tick. To reduce the tick population in your yard, clear tall grasses, brush and leaves.

2

Avoid tick-prone areas

If you are in an area with lots of vegetation, stick to the center of trails. Don’t walk through wooded areas with bushes, leaves or tall grass.

“Lyme disease is a very serious condition that can have significant and long lasting adverse effects on your health. As Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick, minimizing the risk of exposure is of utmost importance – and this article offers a number of helpful strategies to do just that. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

However, if you suspect that you may have been bitten by a tick, or are experiencing symptoms possibly related to Lyme disease, see your primary care doctor as soon as possible! It is better to be safe than sorry, as timing is of the essence for not only preventing Lyme disease, but also for preventing the dangerous sequelae it can produce.”

Dr. Joseph F. Fasanello

Trinity Medical Primary Care

3

Protect your body

When in areas prone to ticks, wear closed shoes, socks, long pants (tuck into socks), a long-sleeved shirt and a hat. Apply insect repellent with at least 20% DEET to your skin. Products containing permethrin can be used on clothing, shoes and gear for more protection.

4

Perform a tick check

Your chance of getting Lyme disease is low if a tick is removed from your skin within 24 hours. Deer ticks are very small (about the size of a pin head) and may be hard to find, so carefully check your body, clothing and pets after being outdoors. Shower to remove ticks that have not yet attached to your skin. If you find a tick, use a fine-tipped tweezer to gently grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull straight out and don’t twist. Clean the area with soap and water, antiseptic or alcohol.

5

Watch for symptoms

Even if you don’t remember getting bitten by a tick, see a doctor if you have a rash, fever or flu-like symptoms, the most common signs of Lyme disease. The sooner treatment begins if you have Lyme disease, the better.

Find a Family Doctor Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Copyright 2018-2019 © Baldwin Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.
Health eCooking® is a registered trademark of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Cook eKitchen™ is a designated trademark of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein without the express approval of Baldwin Publishing, Inc. is strictly prohibited.

Date Last Reviewed: March 13, 2018

Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor

Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD

Learn more about Baldwin Publishing Inc. editorial policyprivacy policy and sponsorship policy.

No information provided by Baldwin Publishing, Inc. in any article is a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical condition. Baldwin Publishing, Inc. strongly suggests that you use this information in consultation with your doctor or other health professional. Use or viewing of any Baldwin Publishing, Inc. article signifies your understanding and agreement to the disclaimer and acceptance of these terms of use.