As grass turned green and flowers started blooming, ticks also emerged and spread everywhere, prying on exposed skin to feast on. All people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors are likely to have an unpleasant encounter with a tick, but there are a few ways in which they can avoid getting them attached to their skin.
Things to know before going out in nature
The first thing that everybody should know are the places where ticks are hiding. They usually hide in tall grass, among shrubs, and on the branches of the trees. Therefore, it is better to avoid places with a lot of vegetation or, at least, stick to the ‘groomed’ paths where the grass is not that tall.
Also, when going out in nature, it is better if you choose to wear clothes in bright or light colors. Thus, it will be easier to spot any tick roaming on them. Also, if you cover as much of your skin as possible, it will be difficult for them to get to it.
You can also apply tick repellent substances on both your clothes and your skin. DEET is a good repellent of both ticks and any other insects which might bite you. When choosing the suitable product, keep in mind that it should contain around 20 or 30 percent DEET. However, even if you use such substances, always check yourself for ticks after returning from the outdoors.
Ticks are not dangerous if they are removed immediately from the skin
If a tick gets attached to you, you have to remove it immediately. When pulling it out, use tweezers or, if you choose to use the fingers, cover the tick’s body so that you won’t squeeze it. If there are still some small parts of it which remain attached, the skin should be able to expel it after a short time. Anyway, the tick needs to be attached for 48 straight hours to transmit the disease.
Those which are most likely to transmit diseases are deer ticks, which are somehow smaller than others. Thus, pay attention if you are in an area well-known for cases of Lyme disease. Usually, tick bites do not require extra medical attention if they are dealt with immediately.
However, if you cannot get them out or you experience a rash where the tick has been attached, go see a medical professional. He would prescribe you an antibiotic and offer you all the medical services needed in such a situation.
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