Tick bites are never fun, but the dangers that come from tick bites (like Lyme disease) are even scarier. With tick season fast approaching, it is important to plan ahead to protect your family from ticks and the diseases that can accompany them. This year, experts predict an extremely heavy tick season.
Tick season typically starts in early May and reaches its peak in the late summer and early fall. With this year’s mild winter and lack of acorns, experts are predicting that we could see a tick population increase. At MD Moms, we care about you and your family’s health. We have some tips on how to protect your family and what to do if you do get a tick bite:
- Avoid heavily wooded areas and tall grass. If you are hiking, stay on the designated trail. Mow your grass and cut the bushes in your backyard. If you will be in a heavily wooded area, wear long-sleeve shirts, pants and socks. You should also consider tucking your pants into your socks for extra protection.
- When you return from being outside, do a tick check on everyone in the family from head to toe! Pay close attention to areas with soft skin and make sure to check your hair as well.
- Don’t forget to check your pets for ticks, especially if you have outdoor pets. Ticks love to find a home in your pet’s fur.
- If you find a tick on your body, use a clean, fine-tipped tweezer to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with a steady, even pressure. Don’t twist the tick, as this can cause some of its mouth parts to break off. If this happens, try to remove the rest of the tick with tweezers. If you can’t remove the whole tick, call your doctor.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water. Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet, submerging it in alcohol, or placing it in a sealed bag.
Keep an eye on the tick bite. If you or your family experiences redness or a fever within several weeks are receiving the bite, see your doctor. To combat itching or discomfort after the bite heals, you can apply our Dry Skin Rescue cream, which also works on bug bites!
How to remove a tick, according to the CDC: