Spring and summer are the seasons in which we enjoy the warm weather and indulge in walks in open places, parks, gardens, mountain meadows. These enjoyable activities carry the risk of being bitten by a tick, to say the least.
Ticks are insidious arachnids that burrow into the skin in hard-to-reach and visible parts, can cause inflammation, and even transmit a dangerous disease, such as Lyme disease, for example.
What preventive measures can you take to protect yourself and your family from ticks?
Above all, dress appropriately. If you plan to walk outdoors, wear clothes with long sleeves and pants. Do not leave exposed body parts accessible to ticks.
Check your body and clothes often. This will help you see and remove the tick before it burrows into your skin.
Wear light or white clothes. Ticks are dark to black in color and this way you will see them more easily.
After you get home immediately examine your body in front of the mirror, including the folds of the legs, armpits, genitals, buttocks, under and around the breasts, even the hair.
Use repellents or acaricides. Find out about the features of the different preparations and decide which of them is suitable for you, your family or your children. Some of the preparations are applied directly to the skin, others are toxic and are placed on clothing to repel or kill ticks.
What to do if you already have a tick?
Do not touch it with your hands under any circumstances. You need tweezers. With them you will remove it easily and precisely. But if you are unsure, see a doctor.
You don't have to rotate counterclockwise or clockwise - these are myths. You don't need to pour oil on the affected area either. It is enough to make sure that by removing the tick very carefully, no part of its body remains in your skin.
It often happens that when the tick is removed, its proboscis remains in the skin. It is very small and difficult to see, and if it remains in the skin it can cause inflammation and infection.
It is also very important to take the dead removed tick for a toxicological analysis to show if the insect is not carrying a dangerous disease. You should also have blood tests because a timely response is critical.
It is best not to take any action before consulting a doctor. He will know how to act most quickly and efficiently.