Ticks

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dont let fear of tick-related infections force you to cancel any of your outdoor activities. With simple preventive steps or prompt treatment if youre infected, you can have fun outdoors without feeling anxious. Dr. Edward Hill gives some suggestions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ticks are small arachnids with more than 800 species throughout the world. Ticks are transmitters of diseases for humans and animals.

If you are planning an outdoor activity, especially those in a heavily wooded area, it is important to follow a few simple precautions to protect yourself from tick bites.

Offer ticks no point of entryWhen walking in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt with tight cuffs. Choose light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.

Clear brush and leaves where ticks live.

Spot-check yourself and your pets. Showering immediately after leaving these areas is a good idea. Ticks often remain on your skin for many hours before biting.

Protect yourselfUse tick repellants containing DEET. Be sure to follow label precautions.

Remove ticks attached to your skinIf you find a tick, remove it with tweezers by gently grasping it near its head or mouth. Once you have removed the entire tick, apply antiseptic to the bite area.

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