With the exception of the spotted ladybug or even a fuzzy caterpillar, I would rather not encounter bugs too often. However, they are part of our ecosystem, our planet earth, and we must learn to coexist.
Bugs can certainly cause annoyance at a outdoor event or a relaxing picnic with their stingers and venom and germs, but there is a particular nasty specimen that I am focusing on here that can seriously affect your long-term health - the tick. Please come along and get properly introduced - it is a combatant you really need to know more about to better protect you and your family.
Two Ticks Types To Especially Avoid
1. Deer Ticks
Deer ticks are not only found on deer or tin he woods. A common visitor in many homes, the mouse, can be a big carrier of ticks and the lyme disease they carry.
2. Dog Ticks
Tick Bites & Symptoms
- pain and swelling
- redness which usually disappears within a week
- fever and chills
- shortness of breath
- red bulls-eye rash around the bite
- muscle weakness
- trouble walking
- loss of appetite
1. Don't wait to remove a tick. Always remove a tick as soon as possible to prevent disease. Disease spread is much less likely if the tick is removed within the first 24 hours of the bite.
Do not apply Vaseline, nail polish remover, matches, soap, or any of the other old wives tales to remove the tick. This could irritate the tick causing it to release more germs.
This is important:
2. Using a sterile cotton ball, clean area around tick very well with rubbing alcohol. Do not touch tick with hands!
3. With sterilized fine-tipped tweezers, as close to skin as possible, grasp the tick by gently pulling up straight and out until the tick lets go. Do not jerk or twist to avoid breaking anything off which could spread germs.
4. After removal, using sterile cotton balls, clean area thoroughly as well as your hands with rubbing alcohol. Never crush the tick with your fingers as it could spread germs.
5. Immerse tick in alcohol and dispose of dead tick in sealed container and get tested for Lyme or other diseases to see if you need treatment. Scroll on down for details on why this can be important
How To Treat A Tick Bite
- Saving the tick in a sealed bag provides important clues of the tick type and can narrow the doctor's list of possible diagnosis. Some doctors prefer to send the tick to a lab to check for disease as well.
- Although the majority of tick bites do not result in symptoms or disease, positive blood tests for diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and others do not show up for two to six weeks post tick bite. Thus, a doctor could treat with preventive antibiotics immediately if the tick tests positive or take a wait and see approach.
- A blood test six weeks after the bite is probably a good idea regardless of which approach you choose with your doctor.
For Even More On The Topic . . .
- There are lots of things you can do for yourself and your family to feel a whole lot better!Make sure to follow this board for home recoveries to all sorts of ailments.
- Want to get outdoors and need picnic ideas? Got all the details covered right here to make it memorable.