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Published on June 16, 2017

Summer Safety: Three Tips on Tick Protection


TickTicks are tiny creatures, but they can do quite a bit of harm. They thrive in warmer temperatures and are typically most active between April and September throughout the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Check out the tips below on how to protect you and your loved ones

1.     Avoid Direct Contact

Ticks typically live in wooded areas with tall grass and leafy surroundings. Try to avoid brushy areas and don’t veer off path when hiking because doing so will allow for more opportunity to get bit. Always walk in the center of trails.

2.     Protect Your Skin and Clothing

It’s important to protect yourself from these tiny creatures with clothing that is properly treated to repel ticks. Additionally, it is wise to use a skin repellant. The CDC recommends using a “skin repellant that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on exposed skin. For clothing, use a product that contains permethrin or purchase clothing that is pre-treated. Clothing includes boots, socks, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, etc.”

3.     Examine Your Body

After being out in the wilderness, it’s important to examine your (and your child’s) body. Showering is recommended to remove any ticks that may be crawling and looking for that perfect spot to strike. The CDC recommends all persons “conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held mirror (for yourself) to view all parts of your body, especially under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist and in the hair.”

“Many signs and symptoms of a tick borne illness are similar to the flu” explains Janet Staples-Edwards MD, Internal Medicine physician with PIH Health. “These include fever, chills, aches and pains. Other symptoms may include a rash on various parts of your body and swollen glands. Don’t ignore any of these, especially if you were recently hiking or camping.” It’s important to see your primary care physician for an evaluation if you have any signs or symptoms. Early recognition is key so that treatment can begin to minimize any potential risks. 

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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