I think we can all agree that ticks are GROSS! Unfortunately, ticks can be a byproduct of spending time outdoors, and they are more active in the warmer and summer months. Depending on your geographical location, the type of ticks present may differ, so it’s important to know which ticks live in your location.
As much as possible, it’s important to try and prevent ticks from getting on you, your family and your pets. First, you must know where to expect to find ticks. These little bugs typically live in grassy, wooded or brushy areas, and they can even live on animals. Second, treat your clothing with products containing 0.5% permethrin which will help to prevent ticks from finding their way on you. Finally, when you come inside after being in areas where ticks can be found, make sure to check your clothing and your body, and take a shower as soon as you can.
What happens if you do find a tick on you? Don’t panic. Take a pair of tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Then pull up with even pressure. Make sure to wash your skin with soap and water and then dispose of the tick by putting it in alcohol, a sealed plastic bag or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers!
If you are experiencing a rash or fever within the weeks of removing the tick, please make an appointment with your closest UNI Urgent Care, so that we can take a look. Ticks can carry diseases, like Lyme Disease, and early detection and care are key to avoiding more serious complications. Remember to not panic, UNI can always remove the unwanted guest. If you happen to develop a rash or fever after removal of the tick, please visit your closest UNI urgent care so we can evaluate you.