According to the Ohio Department of Health, diseases spread by ticks have become more frequent in the last decade. The most common of these diseases include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves against tick bites while outdoors this summer.
One way to protect yourself from tick bites is avoiding areas where they live. Ticks can typically be found in wooded and brushy areas with high grass or leaves. If you plan on visiting these areas, protect yourself by wearing permethrin-treated, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and boots. For the best protection, tuck pant legs into socks or boots and tuck shirts into pants to keep ticks from getting inside your clothing.
Check for Ticks
Checking for ticks after spending time outdoors is very important. Showering will rinse off unattached ticks and gives you an opportunity to do a full-body check. Pay close attention to under your arms, in and around your ears, inside your belly button, on the back of your knees, in and around your hair, between your legs and around your waist. Don’t forget to check your clothes and your pets too.
The most common diseases spread by ticks are Lyme disease and RMSF. Common symptoms include:
Fever and chills
Aches and pains
Rash – Each tickborne disease can have a distinctive rash. Lyme disease’s rash typically looks like a bullseye.
If you have been bitten by a tick make note of the date and where the tick was removed. Notify your healthcare provider if a rash or other signs of illness develop.