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Tick Tips & Lyme Disease Prevention

Aug 23 2015
Tick Tips & Lyme Disease Prevention

About 329,000 cases of lyme disease are reported a year according to the CDC. Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a "bulls-eye" rash.

An important way to prevent lyme disease is to make sure you perform a tick check on your child after they've been outdoors.

How should you perform a tick check? Be sure to closely examine your child in these areas for any ticks:

  1. Under the arms
  2. In and around the ears
  3. Inside the belly button
  4. Around the waist
  5. The legs
  6. Clothing
  7. And of course, the head, which is the hardest part of the body to spot ticks

What's the best way to remove a tick?

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers
  2. Grasp tick as close to skin as possible
  3. Pull upward with even pressure, don’t twist or jerk
  4. Thoroughly clean area after removal with rubbing alcohol, soap, and water
  5. Submerge live tick--after removal--in alcohol, place in sealed bag, wrap tightly in tape
  6. You can aslo flush a tick down the toilet
  7. Never crush with fingers

If you have a question about a tick or a rash, you can reach a live doctor using LiveHealth Online 24/7.

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