Lyme disease reminder: Check for ticks after being outdoors
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's that time of year where the great outdoors can make you a target for some pretty nasty bugs.
Lyme disease does appear to be on the rise according to infection control experts.
If you ever see a tick on you, it can be a big deal. That's because ticks transmit Lyme disease.
A team from the Cleveland Clinic says it's a good idea to check for them anytime you are outside, especially in a wooded area.
If you remove them quickly, you will likely have not trouble, but several hours later if they stay attached to you, they can cause severe illness.
Here's how to do a tick check:
They can bite anywhere, but they typically prefer secluded areas like your hair or under the arms according to Cleveland Clinic specialists.
The really tiny ones are brownish in color and about the size of two pinheads, so they are easy to miss.
Make sure you also check your heads, hands and feet, and if you find one, use a tweezers to try and separate it from your skin.
Ticks attach a tiny needle-y nose into your skin to feed on your blood.
During its meal, bacteria from the tick’s body is regurgitated into your system and causes infection.
If you find a tick attached to your body doctor taege says it will likely be attached firmly.
You have to get around the head of the tick to pluck it to remove the whole body.
If not, you can force more bacteria into your skin.
Be on the lookout for symptoms such as low grade fever, fatigue, and a large red rash that looks like a bullseye.
If you notice any of the symptoms, contact your physician.