Information About Ticks

  “Tick-Talk” from the Nurse’s Office

With nice weather comes more time outdoors, therefore, we are seeing a huge spike in the number of students visiting the nurse due to tick bites.All ticks  can transmit Lyme Disease; it’s not necessarily limited to deer ticks. Keep in mind that some ticks can be so small that they are difficult to see.

There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:

*Avoid tick-infested areas and sitting directly on the ground.

*Frequent tick checks are probably your BEST protection from tick-borne illnesses.Perform an entirebody check (as well as your clothing) after being outdoors, even if you’re just in your own yard. Check your children for ticks, especially in the hair.

*Removing ticks before they adhere to the skin prevents transmission of infection.

*Use EPA approved repellents and ensure they are applied by an adult.

*Showering within 2 hours of coming indoors has shown to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick.

What to do if you are bitten by a tick:

*Remove an attached tick as soon as you notice it—teach children to seek adult help for tick removal. Improper

removal can increase the chances of infectious transmission thus developing Lyme Disease or other related

tick-borne illnesses.

*Use a fine point tweezers and grasp tick by the head. Remove the tick with a steady pull straight up

away from the skin. Never squeeze, twist, or yank the body of a tick, and never put substances or fluids

on the tick.

*Watch for signs of illness such as rash, fever, or flu-like illness and contact your health care provider if these

develop. Many rashes that do develop after a tick bite may not present as the classical bull’s eye rash, and can present in many different ways.

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                           Stay Safe and Healthy – from your School Nurse, Mrs. Allen!!

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