Preventing Lyme Disease
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Prevent Tick-borne Disease

Prevent a bite - prevent disease!

 

INSECT REPELLENT - 

  • 20% Deet on clothes and exposed skin 
  • Products using Icaridin are family-friendly 
  • Repellents must indicate "repels ticks" on label
  • Organic sprays should be used at your own discretion - not all have been proven to repel ticks
  • Permethrin spray might be considered on clothing if you are in a high risk location or workplace

 

CLOTHING - 

  • Wear long pants (tucked into socks for added protection), long sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes, if possible. This helps prevent ticks from skin contact.
  • Wearing light coloured clothing makes it easier to spot ticks and remove them before a bite occurs.
  • Minimize brush contact when possible. (Ticks perch on grass and brush waiting for passersby)

 

TICK CHECKS

  • Check body and hair thoroughly. Ticks like to hide out in sneaky places!
  • When outdoors, check clothing often for ticks.
  • Ticks on clothes? Throw in a hot dryer for 20 mins.

 

WHAT NOW?

Seek medical attention immediately if bitten. Request preventative antibiotics (4 weeks). NEVER wait for symptoms!  What you need to know about testing.

  • If any type of rash, redness, and/or irriatation develops anywhere on the body, take a picture alongside a coin to show size. Keep in mind that less than 50% of infected people report a rash so it is hugely possible to be infected without any sign of rash.  More about rashes.
  • Just because you don’t have a rash doesn’t mean you’re not infected.   Enjoy the outdoors, just take a healthy awareness with you!
  • It is important to note that not all ticks are infected with Lyme disease but a growing number do - making prevention key!

 

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