Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

May 3, 2023

Deer tick waiting to jump on a human to give it Lyme disease

Lyme disease continues to be a concern for people living in the Northeast, especially since spring came early and insects and other little buggers are now out and about.  If you haven’t come across one yet, deer ticks are small, black-legged ticks that are common in wooded areas and grassy plains. 

So, if you’re out and about, are in your backyard, or on a hike, you’re going to want to avoid deer ticks at all costs. AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill has created a guide for our friends and families in the Rocky Hill communities on how to avoid deer ticks and what you should know if you do happen to get bitten by one.

Deer Tick Season Has Begun!

Deer ticks are small, black-legged ticks that are found in wooded areas and grassy plains. They are most active during the warm months, from April through September. These ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

How to Avoid Deer Ticks?

If you're planning to go for a hike or walk in an area that is known to be infested with deer ticks, there are several things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover as much of your skin as possible.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks or boots to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs.
  • Use a tick repellent that contains DEET or Permethrin.
  • Stay on marked trails to avoid wandering into high grass or other tick-infested areas.
  • Check yourself thoroughly for ticks after you return indoors.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

If you have been bitten by a deer tick, you should watch for signs of Lyme disease. Symptoms can vary, but the most common ones include:

  • A red, circular rash that spreads out from the bite site (known as a "bull's eye" rash)
  • Fatigue, fever, and headache
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle aches and weakness

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, but early detection is key to a successful recovery.

How to Remove a Deer Tick

If you find a deer tick attached to your skin, it's important to remove it carefully to prevent the transmission of Lyme disease. Here's how to remove a tick:

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible.
  • Pull the tick straight out, using a steady, even pressure.
  • Do not twist or jerk the tick, as this can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in your skin.
  • Clean the bite area with soap and water, and apply an antiseptic.

If you are uncomfortable removing a tick yourself, or if you are concerned that you may have contracted Lyme disease, seek medical attention right away.

AFC in Rocky Hill Can Help You Remove Your Deer Tick

Deer ticks and Lyme disease are a serious concern for people living in the Northeast. By taking the proper precautions and seeking medical attention if you suspect you have been bitten by a tick, you can protect yourself from this potentially life-threatening disease. Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer!

AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill is open 7 days a week and is here for your tick removal. No online appointments are needed, but if you’re on a tight schedule they are available to you. If you'd like to avoid any physical paper bill, our online payment portal is available for you. 

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