Symptoms of Lyme Disease:  Symptoms usually show at one to two weeks, but can show as soon as three days or as long as a month, after a tick bite. If you have a fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a skin rash, especially one that looks like a red bull’s eye, seek medical advice immediately. Tell the doctor where you were when you were bitten by a tick.

What should I do if I find an attached tick?

  • Remove the tick from your skin right away to help prevent infection. The spread of Lyme disease agent usually needs the tick  to be attached for more than 24 hours.
  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to carefully grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
  • Don’t squeeze it. Squeezing the tick can accidentally make Lyme disease agent be introduced into your body.
  • Don’t put anything on the tick, or try to burn the tick off.  After the tick has been removed, place it in a screw-top bottle and take it to your doctor or Public Health Services.
  • It is important to remember where you may have gotten the tick bite to assess your risk of Lyme disease.
  • Clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol and/or soap and water.

How do I avoid ticks?

  •   Wear light-coloured long pants and a long sleeved shirt.
  •  Wear closed footwear and tuck your pants into your socks.
  •  Use a tick repellant that has DEET (following manufacturers’  directions for use). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing.
  •  Avoid eyes and mouth, as well as cuts and scrapes.
  •  Put a tick and ea collar on your pet and check them for ticks.

 If you visit areas that are known to have ticks, check  yourself for ticks each day. Pay special attention to areas such as groin, scalp and armpits.  Use a mirror to check the back of your body or have someone else check it.

  www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/disease/lyme.aspx

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