Daily Bulletin: Watch out for Ticks
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.