Tick Bites at Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic in Downingtown, PA
If you live in a rural area, then you know all about how much of a pest ticks can be. Whether you are a child or an adult, ticks are an irritating outdoor parasite. These small, brown bugs are responsible for a variety of bacteria and viruses being passed to both humans and animals.
But that doesn’t mean that you should stop spending time outdoors with your family. Instead, you should learn more about how you can best protect you and your family. Especially from serious illnesses such as Lyme Disease, which can be caused by ticks.
Here at AFC Urgent Care Downingtown, we know how dangerous ticks can be. Our team of medical experts will not only be able to identify whether or not you have been bitten by tick, but also remove them safely.
To help protect yourself and those around you from ticks, we have put together a guide for you. Included is where you are most likely to find them and how you can tell whether you have been bitten by this pest.
Where are you most likely to find ticks?
Ticks live in outdoor areas and are most often found where it is moist. Shrubs, tall grass and piles of leaves are the most common places for ticks to be, which means you should be careful when walking through or around any of these particular areas.
Can you prevent tick bites?
There are a variety of ways that you can prevent tick bites while out and about. This includes:
- Using a permethrin coating on your clothes and shoes, which will kill ticks
- Using a repellent which includes DEET on any exposed areas of skin
When you return home is important that you check yourself over to make sure that there are no ticks attached to your skin, and you should try to shower within 2 hours of being outside. This will help to remove any ticks, not to mention wash off the repellent too!
How to check for ticks?
It is easy to check for ticks; however you should always be thorough. First you should check your clothes over for any ticks, before checking over your entire body in the mirror, even including your underarms and your hair. If you think you may have some ticks on your clothes, then you should dry them on a high heat.
What should I do I have been bitten by a tick?
It can be worrying if you find a tick on you. One of the most important things to do is to make sure that you take it off completely and carefully. Use tweezers and pull it gently and slowly out of your skin with a twisting motion. Leaving the head of the tick in your skin can be dangerous.
It is always a good idea to check that you have completely removed the tick. If you are not sure, you should see a physician to verify there is nothing left.
After removing the tick, you should watch for any rashes developing at the site of a bite. This can be a sign that something isn’t right. Again, it should be checked out by a qualified physician as soon as you can.
AFC Urgent Care Downingtown provides walk-in appointments which are ideal if you believe you have been bitten by a tick and want to have it examined. Not only can our skilled medical team check you over at our state of the art facility, but they can also provide you with advice on preventing tick bites.
They have a wealth of experience in treating and diagnosing a number of different bug bites and can give you peace of mind that there will be no side-effects from your tick bite.