tick-1271763_960_720AFC Urgent Care wants you to have as much fun as possible this summer. From hiking, to swimming, to playing in your own backyard, there are numerous activities to do! When outside, it is important to be on the lookout for ticks, especially in wooded environments because numerous diseases, including Lyme disease are spread through tick bites.

Our providers have some tips on how to protect yourself from being bitten by ticks this summer & information on what to do if you are bitten by a tick.

  • Learn where to find ticks – Ticks are indigenous to damp, wooded areas with lots of high vegetation.  It is very possible to be bitten by a tick in these areas; by wearing long sleeved clothing you will reduce your chances of being bitten.
  • Check yourself for ticks often – When returning from being outdoors, it is extremely important to check your body for ticks, even if you were just in your backyard. If you are unable to see a part of your body, such as your back, use a hand-held or full size mirror to help. Along with your body, your clothing & pets should be checked as well because it is possible for ticks to be brought into your home on them.
  • Apply insect repellent when venturing outdoors – Insect repellent is a great asset to have. Repellents containing permethrin should only be applied to shoes, clothing or equipment. Repellents containing DEET are able to be used directly onto the skin & can protect for several hours.

If you believe you have been bitten by a tick it is important to act fast! Remove the tick using fine-tipped tweezers & over the next few weeks be on the lookout for the symptoms of Lyme disease – fatigue, fever & bulls-eye shaped rash. Even if you do not recall being bitten by a tick & are experiencing symptoms visit your local AFC Urgent Care & see one of our providers. In these situations it is better to be safe, rather than sorry.

If you have any questions feel free to call our center at 409-860-1888 or visit us at 3195 Dowlen Road in Beaumont, TX.