Take Safety Home: Ticks
In the United States, ticks are the leading carrier of disease to humans. Tick-related illnesses are most common from April through September. Many diseases can be transmitted by ticks, including Lyme Disease. The initial symptoms of Lyme Disease include flu-like symptoms and a red, circular rash that grows.
To avoid tick bites, always wear long pants tucked into socks or boots when working, hiking or playing in wooded areas. It may also help to wear light-colored clothing so that ticks can be seen easily and brushed off before they bite. Use insect repellant that specifically repels ticks. As soon as you come inside, check yourself thoroughly for ticks.
To properly remove a tick, use tweezers. Always make sure your hands are protected with gloves in order to prevent further infection. Flip the tick over on its back; grasp it firmly as close to the skin as possible, and pull gently until it is removed. Some commonly used methods of removing a tick (hot match, gasoline, etc.) may cause additional injury to oneself. If any parts of the tick remain in your skin, it increases the chance for infection. Flush the tick down the toilet immediately; do not crush it.
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