Ticks

Friday, June 03, 2011

Summer is the prime season for tick bites. Dr. Edward Hill tells us what we need to know to protect ourselves in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Avoiding ticks and places where ticks may be is the best way to keep from getting sick from a tick bite.

After being outside in places with ticks, carefully check yourself and family members for ticks. Children should be checked with extra care. Properly and quickly removing ticks will help lower your chances of getting sick.

When you are outside, you cannot stay away from all ticks. But there are some things you can do to help.

Put bug spray with permethrin on your boots and clothes. Sprays with DEET added can be used on the skin.

Wear light-colored clothes so it is easier to see any ticks.

Tuck your pant legs into your socks to keep ticks from getting under your clothes.

Consider wearing high rubber boots.

To remove ticks, use fine-tipped tweezers or protect your fingers with a tissue, paper towel or rubber gloves. Do not use your bare hands. Talk to your doctor if you see any signs of infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.