As the weather gets warmer, people are eager to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately, this means exposure to deer ticks, which are the primary carriers of Lyme disease. Lyme disease, if left untreated, may cause long-term damage to your joints and nervous system. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting bitten by deer ticks and potentially contracting Lyme disease.
AFC in Saugus understands the growing concern of deer ticks latching onto our friends and families in the Massachusetts areas. We created a guide to bring more awareness on deer ticks and lyme disease so you can take the necessary precautions to avoid them altogether!
Where Do Deer Ticks Like To Hide?
Deer ticks are most commonly found in grassy plains and wooded areas in the northeastern region of the United States. Massachusetts, in particular, is known for being a hotspot for deer ticks. If you plan on spending time outdoors this spring or summer, it’s important to be aware of their habitats to minimize your risk of exposure.
How to Avoid Deer Ticks?
While avoiding the outdoors altogether is not a realistic option, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from deer ticks. Here are some tips:
- Avoid tick-infested areas, particularly the "edge" between grassy plains and the woods. Ticks often latch onto people when they enter or leave wooded areas.
- Perform a thorough tick check after spending time outdoors. Make sure to check your entire body, including your scalp and behind your ears.
- Wear appropriate clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
- Use a chemical repellent with DEET, Permethrin, or Picaridin. Follow the instructions on the label carefully.
- Keep your lawn trimmed short. Deer ticks are more likely to jump onto people from taller grass leaves.
Deer Tick Removal
If you do get bitten by a deer tick, it’s important to act quickly to minimize your risk of developing Lyme disease. The CDC recommends removing the tick as soon as possible. Here's how:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick, as this can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin.
- If the tick's mouthparts do break off and remain in the skin, use the tweezers to remove them.
- Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
If you're uncomfortable removing the tick on your own or don't have the necessary tools, you can visit AFC Urgent Care Saugus for deer tick removal. Our medical providers can properly remove the tick and evaluate you for tick-related illnesses.
Visit AFC Urgent Care Saugus for Deer Tick Removal
If you or a family member is bitten by a tick that you suspect to be a deer tick, it's best to seek medical attention immediately. AFC Urgent Care Saugus is here to help remove your deer tick and evaluate the tick bite. We offer walk-ins for tick removals and can guide you to the next steps for treatment.
Don't let Lyme disease ruin your spring or summer. Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from deer ticks and seek medical attention promptly if you get bitten. With a little awareness and preparation, you can safely enjoy the great outdoors this season.
AFC Urgent Care Saugus is open 7 days a week. We also offer online appointments and online payments for your convenience.