During summer when the weather’s warm and sunny, one of the family bonding moments we have is camping in the woods with the entire family members. We look forward to bonfires, marshmallows and storytelling sessions during that trip. But are we fully equipped for that memorable family time? Exploring the woods is like exploring the possibilities of getting a diseases trees.
How about a play time with your loved ones at your backyard garden with trees around you? Has it ever crossed your mind that there’s a possibility that one may get a diseases trees without you knowing it?
Lyme disease the most common tick-borne diseases trees is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. These parasites are more active during the warmer months. Areas with woods, bushes, or gardens with high grass are likely to have more ticks.
When one is bitten, he or she commonly experience a flu like symptoms such as body aches, joint pain, fever, fatigue and a rash.
Early detection of a rash and symptoms of a flu, one must not hesitate to see an expert. Infected person is treated with antibiotics as this is the primary treatment for Lyme disease. If this diseases tress has been left unaided this may lead to memory loss and mood changes. After a few months, untreated or inadequately treated patients may develop severe and chronic symptoms that affect many parts of the body including the brain.
Protect yourself and your family
There are simple ways to prevent yourself and your family from these diseases trees. When you go out in the woods or simply play with your kids in your backyard, wear protective clothing. Long sleeved shirts, long trousers tucked into socks or boots and don’t forget to wear a hat or a cap. Wear light shaded clothing to easily see the tick before it attaches itself to you.
There are also insect repellents available in the market which will also play an important role in preventing tick bites.
If you have pets, protect them too as they are more susceptible to ticks. Dogs and cats roam to a tick infected areas and this can also be a risk in your family by bringing in the ticks in your house when you least expect it.
Groom your pets after an outdoor activity to find and remove ticks.
Have your pets vaccinated to protect your pets from a tick-causing diseases tress.
Tick Checks and Removal
Tick checks should be done, daily or when coming in after an outside activity especially when temperatures are warm. Check dark, moist areas like hair, cracks behind your ears, underarms etc. Ticks should be removed promptly. The longer it’s attached to your body the higher the chance of disease transmission. How to carefully remove the tick:
1.) Use a fine pointed tweezers, clasp the tick as close to the skin as possible without squeezing its body.
2.) Pull it straight out.
3.) DO NOT: squeeze the tick
4.) Disinfect the area of the bite, wash your hands and disinfect your tweezers.
5.) Contact your physician
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