Spring is tick season: Tips for detecting Lyme Disease

By WKTV News

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y.(WKTV) - Montgomery County Public Health wants to remind everyone that Lyme Disease is caused by the bite of a deer tick and are offering some tips to stay safe.

You can reduce the likelihood of a tick bite by taking steps to protect yourself if you live in or visit areas with Lyme Disease activity.

Here are some tips:

· Avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter and walk in the center of trails when hiking.

· Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Parents should apply repellent to children; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends products with up to 30 percent DEET for kids. Always follow product instructions!

· Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents or look for clothing pre-treated with permethrin.

· Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find crawling ticks before they bite you.

· Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon returning from tick-infested areas. Parents should help children check thoroughly for ticks.

· Remove any ticks right away.

· Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a large, expanding skin rash that may have a bull's-eye appearance.

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