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Although the Narberth area is not considered to be rural, ticks are common in the area.These small brown insects live outdoors and will bit adults, children, and pets. While the bite itself is often irritating and sometimes painful, additional danger may exist from these bugs. Ticks have been known to transmit a range of different bacteria and viruses to both humans and animals.
The idea of being bitten by ticks may be a bit off putting and make you less motivated to spend time outdoors. However, you can protect and even prevent tick bites from you and your family with some preparation. This in turn will protect yourself from the serious illnesses that can be spread by ticks, such as Lyme Disease.
Our board-certified physicians at AFC Urgent Care Narberth can identifying tick bites and extracting them. Not only are they fully educated on the dangers of ticks, but are experienced at removing them safely.
Our staff has put together this short guide to help you prevent tick bites. If you have more understanding of these pests, then you’ll know what to do if you think you or a family member has been bitten by a tick.
Ticks live in the outdoors. Generally, they are found in moist areas. They are particularly drawn to shrubs, piles of leaves, and tall grass. Be especially careful and check for ticks if you pass through these areas when outside.
The most effective way in prevent tick bites is to stay away from areas where they are likely to reside. However, this is not always possible and depending where you live, this might prevent youself from ever leaving your house. If you live in an area that has a high risk for ticks, we suggest you cover your clothing and shoes with permethrin. This chemical will kill any ticks that comes in contract with it. If you have exposed skin, spray it with repellent that contains DEET.
When you get home after spending time outside, be sure to check yourself over in the mirror. If possible, have a friend or family member check the areas of your body you can’t directly see. It is also a good idea to get into a shower within 2 hours of returning home. This will also wash off the chemicals in any repellent on your body.
Checking for ticks isn’t hard, but it’s vital to be thorough when you do. Check your clothes first, then your body. Pay close attention to your hair and underarms as the are some of their favorite hiding spots. If possible, have a friend or family member assist you. An extra pair of eyes are always helpful.
While it is disconcerting to find a tick on your clothes or body, try not to panic. It’s very important when you remove the tick, to take it off completely and carefully. Remove it with a pair of tweezers using a slow, gentle twisting motion.
If you are hesitant about taking the tick off yourself, it is always good to seek out professional medical help. If the head of the tick ends up being left behind in your skin, it can cause further infections and illnesses.
Watch closely for any rashes that might develop at the site of the bite. This could be a sign that something is not right and you should seek out immediate medical advice from one of our physicians.
If you are bitten by a tick, it always a good idea to get a thorough check by one of our board-certified physicians. At AFC Urgent Care Narberth you can see any of our doctors with no appointment needed. We are open 7 days a week with extended hours on weekdays. Our highly experienced staff will give you a complete check over as well as advice on protecting yourself from tick bites. Have a question? Call our friendly staff today!
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Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.