Some Tick Talk :
*New Jersey has one of the highest rates of Lyme Disease (tick-borne illnesses).
*All ticks can transmit Lyme Disease (not necessarily limited to deer ticks).
*Increased incidence of Lyme Disease is partially attributed to the population explosion in the rural areas.
*Keep wood and brush away from your house. Stone walls attract small rodents which can also carry ticks. Bird feeders also increase the incidence of ticks.
*Avoid pets on furniture and sleeping with kids. Ticks can travel from your furry animal onto the skin of your family.
*Avoid tick infested areas and sitting directly on the ground. Use EPA approved repellents.
*Frequent tick checks are probably your best protection from tick-borne illnesses.
Removing ticks before they adhere to the skin, prevents the transmission of infection.
*Remember to protect (repellent) and check pets too!
*Teach children to seek adult help for tick removal.
*Squeezing the body of the tick can actually increase the chance of transmitting infectious material into the person who is bit by the tick.
*Improper removal can increase the chances of infectious transmission of tick fluids and thus developing Lyme Disease and related tick-borne illnesses.
Never put substances on the tick such as soap or other substances.
*Use a fine point tweezer and grasp tick mouth parts (place of attachment—as close to the skin as possible). Remove the tick with a steady pull away from the skin. Use a steady pressure and gently pull the tick straight out. Never squeeze, twist, or yank the body of a tick. Never put substances or fluids on the tick.
*If you save the tick for testing, place it in a sealed plastic bag with a moistened (water) cotton ball. If a tick is positive, a course of antibiotics is indicated---see the doctor.
*Some Lyme literate specialists feel that testing ticks may not always be 100% accurate.
*Wash hands thoroughly.
*If discarding tick, wrap in toilet tissue and flush into toilet.
*Don't touch tick with bare hands.
*Clean area of the tick bite with an antiseptic and apply antibiotic ointment.
*Contact your doctor.
*Mark your calendar on the day of the tick removal.
*Be alert that some reports and researchers state that less than 40% of people develop a rash (bulls-eye) after a tick bite.
*Many rashes that do develop after exposure to infectious tick bites may not present as the "classical bulls-eye" rash. You may see a solid red rash – possibly 3" diameter or larger, and may be smaller, too. Consult your medical professional as needed.
*Some people with dark skin may have a "bruise-like" appearance when developing a rash.
*New research supports 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy for Lyme Disease. Other tick- borne illnesses may also be transmitted from one tick bite. They include ehrlichiosis, bartonella, and babesiosis. Ask your doctor about these other diseases. They should be assessed and treated promptly.
*Taking advantage of the "window of opportunity" for treatment of Lyme Disease can mean the difference between wellness and illness and the avoidance of an unknown course of chronic illness.
*It may be advisable to treat tick bites when there is:
a large rash or bulls-eye rashan engorged tick upon removaltick bite in an endemic area with high incidence of lyme and tick-borne illnesshistory of immune-suppressed state of health
If fever or flu-like illness develops within 4 weeks after a known tick bite, consider treatment for Lyme Disease! Alert your healthcare provider....many do NOT get the rash. Flu-like symptoms include fatigue, malaise, achy, fever, headache, swollen glands, achy/stiff/swollen joints, and chills.
Other tick-borne diseases are Babesia, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella. Ask your doctor to check for these other infections that may be transmitted along with Lyme.
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