Every year, new cases of Lyme disease are reported in the northeast. But, could these cases have been prevented with early detection? Finding the deer tick in time could actually save you from getting Lyme!
Deer ticks are in abundance this season and if you’re not too careful, one of them can latch onto you or a loved one. With that being said, AFC Urgent Care West Hartford is here to guide you on how to avoid deer tick bites and Lyme disease.
Where Do Deer Ticks Like To Hide?
Where do people even get bitten by Deer ticks? Deer ticks are notoriously known to hide in areas between grassy plains and wooded areas. Most people assume if they wander into the woods that they’ll run into ticks, but it’s actually at the entrance of the woods where deer ticks are most likely to latch onto you, or when you leave a woodsy area.
This is why it’s always recommended to hikers or people coming home after a walk in a grassy plain to perform a THOROUGH tick check. They often like to hide in warm, moist areas on the body. These areas can include:
- Under your arms
- Between your legs
- Behind your knees
- In and around hair
- Behind the ears
I Found A Deer Tick On Me. How Do I Remove It?
If a tick latches onto you for more than 36-48 hours, you’re at risk for contracting Lyme Disease. This is why proper removal is crucial during this time.Here are some tips on how to do so:
- Do not put anything on the tick such as oils, alcohol, etc
- Do not burn it off
- Do not twist it off
- Do not yank it off
- Place fine tip tweezers close to skin on mouth part, lift and hold
Early detection and removal is crucial to avoid contracting Lyme. If you’re uncomfortable or still unsure about the proper removal technique, you can visit AFC Urgent Care West Hartford.
I Need Help Removing A Deer Tick. Can AFC Urgent Care West Hartford Remove It?
With no appointment necessary, you can walk-in for deer tick bites and removal.
We recommend coming to see us within 24 hours so you can get it removed by a trained medical professional to avoid improper technique or the deer tick from regurgitating the contents from its digestive tract (where the Lyme Disease is) into your skin/blood stream.
If you prefer to make an appointment, you can now schedule one online.