Summer again around the corner, the best time to be outdoors with your loved ones. Preventing Lyme Disease is not a simple vaccination like many other summer “bugs” that can come around so taking caution during and after activities.
- According to the CDC what repellent that you use is important, make sure that you are using a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET and apply to skin or clothing. Keep a bottle handy for you or your children and follow the instructions on whatever product you use not only to prevent Lyme Disease but other diseases spread by insects.
- More Natural repellent? May not be as effective but many people swear by Essential Oils such as Lavender, Penny-royal, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lemon.
- Take special care after being outdoors or even your yard if you are in an area where ticks are prevalent. You want to make sure you check your pets and clothing as it could carry ticks into the house, if any ticks are found on clothing remove them carefully. Drying those clothes on high heat can kill ticks that may be too small to be detected or if you missed them.
- When you preform daily tick checks make sure you are checking between the legs, around the waist, all around head and ears, under the arms, and even inside the belly button… You never know where they could be!
What if you were bitten by a tick?
- Remove the tick carefully and correctly, if the tick is on your skin for under 24hours your chance of Lyme disease is small, so you want to remove it as soon as possible using fine-tipped tweezers. Over the next several weeks be alert for flu-like symptoms, fever, or a bulls-eye rash.
- A bulls-eye rash is the most common sign of Lyme Disease, but 50-70% of Lyme Patients never show a rash, so it is important to pay attention to the other symptoms.