DID YOU KNOW? Lyme disease is carried by the deer tick or western black-legged tick. These ticks are harder to detect than dog ticks because they are much smaller (an adult tick is about the size of a sesame seed).
WHAT TO DO:
- If the tick is still attached to your skin or your child’s skin, remove it.
- Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the head of the tick close to the skin.
- Firmly and steadily pull the tick straight out of the skin. Do not twist the tick,
or rock it from side to side while removing it.
- Put the tick in alcohol to kill it. Don’t use petroleum jelly or a hot match to kill and remove the tick.
- Wash your hands and the site of the bite with soap and water.
- Swab the bite with alcohol.
CALL THE DOCTOR IF:
- The tick may have been on the skin for more than 24 hours
- Part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal
- If you develop a rash of any kind (especially a red-ringed bull’s-eye rash) the area looks infected (increasing redness, warmth, swelling, pain, or oozing pus)
- If you develop symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue, chills, stiff neck
or back or muscle or joint aches.
When in wooded area, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Wearing light colored clothing can help you see ticks easily. If you have long hair, pull it back and tuck it into a cap. Use an insect repellant with 10% to 30% DEET for protection against insect bites and stings, always follow the directions for application carefully. After being in the outdoors, check your skin – especially the scalp, behind the ears, the neck, under the arms, and the groin.