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Deer ticks and other pests are highly active in the warm months. This increases the likelihood of insect bites and disease. If you are the type to spend time in the woods, your chance of getting bit by a tick increases.
AFC Urgent Care North Bergen can help with the removal of ticks and will test for potential diseases. Lyme disease is one of the most common conditions carried by ticks. It can cause debilitating symptoms if left untreated. It’s important to get your entire body for ticks after spending time outdoors, and if you find one, be sure to get tested for Lyme.
Ticks are pesky insects that will bury their heads into the skin of people or animals, which can make them difficult to remove. If you aren’t able to remove the entire tick, that increases the chance of you getting a disease, such as Lyme. When removing the tick, don’t pull it up by its body, as the head can become detached.
When removing the tick, be sure to use tweezers and try to grab it by the head. You’ll need to use a little force, as the head may be burrowed deep. If you still see any part of the tick at the site of the bite, it’s possible the head became detached.
The site may be red and may itch while it’s healing. If you see a rash develop over a few days, it’s critical to get tested for Lyme disease.
To test for Lyme disease, a blood sample is needed. It may take up to a few days to receive the results, so it’s important to get tested within a few days of getting bit. The longer a tick is in your skin, the more likely you are to get a disease.
Early symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, and fatigue. If left untreated, Lyme can cause joint problems, heart problems, and partial facial paralysis.
The treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics. Depending on how long you’ve had your symptoms, antibiotics may be prescribed for up to a month. Further testing and treatment may be required if symptoms don’t get better over time.
AFC Urgent Care North Bergen is open seven days a week, so you can get tested for Lyme on the weekends. If you find yourself hiking this summer, be sure to check yourself thoroughly for ticks. Visit our walk-in center for tick removal today, or call us for more information at 201-588-1300.