The world is buzzing about the upcoming spike in Lyme Disease this year, thanks to the animals that spread the transmitting ticks.
- Keep It Dry: when coming home from the outdoors, check your clothing for ticks; even dry clothes should be tumble dried on high heat for 10 minutes (ticks can survive the washer but not the dryer)
- Use Proper Repellent: use a spray like this or this with Permethrin, a clothing-only repellent that kills ticks on contact. Use in addition to your normal skin repellent
- Watch Your Skin: important body parts to check for ticks: underarms, in/around ears, back of the knees, bellybutton, around the waist, your hair and between legs
- Treat Your Pet: tick prevention products like this or this keep your pet from bringing in ticks
- If You Get Bitten: Pull it out from the base to remove the whole thing immediately!
- See a doctor immediately after you've been bitten—you can get the tick tested for Lyme after you've pulled it out
- DON'T rule out Lyme because you don't develop a rash. Only about 20 percent of people experience it (and I never had a rash)
While Lyme disease is scary, don't let it stop you from enjoying the great outdoors this summer. You'll definitely find me outside this summer. Just be careful please :)