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5 Tips to Avoid Getting Lyme Disease

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Prevention is the best cure for Lyme Disease. Check out these tips.

Avoiding ticks is the best way to prevent Lyme Disease. Use these tips this hunting season to keep yourself safe from ticks that can transmit the disease.

About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness that is transmitted by ticks. Ticks that bite humans can pass this disease as they are taking blood.

This disease affects every part of a human’s body and leads to arthritis, loss of balance, impairs language, and more. Worst of all, it is extremely hard to detect immediately and usually takes at least a month before it shows up on tests. It is a debilitating disease to say the least, but it can be prevented by following these tips.

Proper Attire

The best way to prevent getting bit by ticks is to wear long pants and tuck them into socks. This will keep ticks out and prevent them from finding your skin. Experts also recommend wearing long sleeved shirts and light colored clothing so they are easily spotted if they land on you.

After The Hunt

When you get home from hunting, hiking or spending any time in woods or tall grasses, always take a shower immediately and do a head-to-toe tick check. Pay attention to areas of your body that have delicate skin and tend to radiate more heat such as arm pits, behind your knee, behind your ears, the groin area, and the crooks of your elbows. Throwing your clothes in the dryer as soon as you take them off will kill any ticks left on them.

The CDC says the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours to transmit Lyme Disease, so if you check for ticks daily and you see a tick that’s latched on, you can remove it without getting sick.

Properly Removing Ticks

In order to effectively remove ticks, you have to be very careful and use fine-tipped tweezers. Keep the tweezers parallel to your skin and pull the tick straight out away from your skin. Make a note about when and where you were bit. Once you’ve pulled out the tick, wash the area with antibacterial soap.

WATCH: How To Remove a Tick [VIDEO]

What To Do If You Get Bit

If you find a tick that is enlarged, you could be infected. Unfortunately, the disease doesn’t show positive on tests until several weeks have passed. Bring the tick to your doctor who may assign an antibiotic as a preventative measure. Watch for rashes around the area you got bit as that could be a sign you’ve been infected.

Help your friends and family by sharing this with them! Prevention is the best way to prevent Lyme Disease.

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