Lyme disease is a common tick-borne infection that is mostly transmitted by deer ticks also known as black-legged ticks. They are usually very small and difficult to see.
They are about the size of a pinhead and are rampant during late spring and early summer. Lyme disease can affect the heart, brain, joints, and skin. This disease can be treated with antibiotics. Some Lyme diseases can be prevented. Below are five ways to prevent Lyme disease.
1. Eradicate ticks:
One step to preventing Lyme disease is by creating a tick-free zone. If you enjoy outdoor activities you must play your part in ensuring that you can safely enjoy outdoor activities by keeping your lawn well-manicured.
You can also create a thick barrier between your lawn and taller grasses or bushes. Also, you can eradicate ticks from your environment by getting rid of mice. This is necessary because ticks get Lyme disease from mice. So by eliminating mice from your yard you reduce your risk of contracting the disease.
2. Practice safety measures when out:
When enjoying outdoor activities make sure you are taking safety measures to avoid tick bites by avoiding overgrown and wooded areas and staying away from uncleared regions of the forest when hiking. This is important because wild grassy areas are more likely to harbor deer ticks.
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3. Use insect repellent and protective clothing:
Applying insect repellent on your exposed skin before venturing out into the woods or forest goes a long way in keeping you safe from tick bites.
You are also advised to take a shower as soon as you can after venturing Into the Woods. You can also add extra protection by wearing long-sleeved shirts and lightweight long pants when hiking in wild areas as they provide added protection to your skin.
4. Perform regular tick checks:
It is important to remove ticks from the environment before they can transmit Lyme disease. If you find a tick bite on your children inspect their entire body by feeling for ticks on their body. Ticks can attach to a child's knee, underarm, scalp, navel, and back.
5. Remove ticks immediately:
If you spot a tick, you must remove it immediately. The fastest way to remove them is with tweezers. You can safely remove ticks by grabbing them with a tweezer between the head and body and pulling gently but firmly. Your risk of contracting Lyme disease greatly reduces if ticks are removed within 24 hours of their lodging in your body.
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