Lyme Disease Prevention
As the weather starts to warm, an increased awareness of ticks and the symptoms
associated with Lyme disease is important.
Tips for preventing Lyme disease:
- Avoid tall grass and over-grown, bushy areas.
- Stay in the middle of trails when hiking in the woods.
- Wear light-colored clothing to allow ticks to be more easily seen.
- Examine yourself, your children, and pets for ticks when returning indoors.
- Bathe within two hours of outdoor activity.
- Treat pets with veterinarian-recommended products
- Remove found ticks as soon as possible.
It takes approximately 24 hours for a tick to infect a person with Lyme disease. The longer an infected tick stays on your skin the greater the chance it will pass the Lyme bacteria on to you. If you find a tick remove it immediately and be on the lookout for Lyme disease symptoms such as rash (sometimes in the shape of a bulls-eye) fever, muscle aches or fatigue.