What Can I Do to Prevent Tick Bites?
The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And the ticks are biting?
The last thing you should have to worry about in the summer are tick bites. Unfortunately, though, they are a reality, which is why our team at AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock wants to offer some tips on prevention.
Why Do I Need to Worry About Ticks?
Well, a tick bite in and of itself may just be annoying. But ticks can also carry disease, which is why it's important to take precautions to prevent tick bites, especially when spending time outdoors.
Tick Bite Prevention
- Use an insect repellent.
- Wear long sleeves and pants to protect skin.
- Wear light colors.
- Perform a thorough skin check when coming indoors.
What Exactly Is Lyme Disease?
As previously mentioned, tick bites can sometimes carry disease. Of those tick-borne diseases, Lyme disease is the most common and well-known.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported each year. If you discover a tick bite and then develop any symptoms of Lyme disease, it's very important to seek prompt treatment.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
- Achy, swollen joints
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Cognitive decline
- Vision changes