Daily Bulletin: Watch out for Ticks

Melissa Kossler Dutton

The arrival of summer means more time outside—and more opportunities to be bitten by ticks. It’s a good idea to take precautions, since the insects can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers the following advice to help prevent bites:

  • Know when and where to expect ticks. (Blacklegged ticks are found in the woods; dog ticks are in grassy areas and road edges.)
  • Use insect repellents. (Follow the directions on the label.)
  • Tuck your pants into your socks and boots, and tuck your shirt into your pants.
  • Check yourself, family and pets regularly and remove ticks immediately.
  • Use anti-tick products on pets.

A tick bite is not a reason to panic but the insect should be removed, according to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Heather Battles, an urgent care physician with the Westerville Close To Home clinic, provides a tutorial on how to do so at 700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/remove-tick.

Battles recommends seeking medical attention if:

  • You are unable to remove the tick.
    • There are tick parts remaining in the skin.
    • There is pain, swelling, redness or warmth around the area.
    • There is pus draining from the area.
    • Fever, chills, headache, joint pain or flu-like symptoms develop within days to weeks of the initial bite.
    • A “target” rash develops around the bite.