In an effort to promote good health this spring, Student Health Services wants to remind you:
It’s predicted the mild winter and early spring will contribute to an increase in ticks. If spending time outdoors in tall grassy areas, the Center for Disease Control recommends:
- Use an insect repellant containing at least 20 percent DEET on exposed skin and permethrin on clothing like boots and socks.
- When returning indoors, shower as soon as possible to inspect your skin and remove ticks. Lyme Disease can be contracted if you are bitten by an infected tick. Typically, the tick must be attached more than 36 hours before the disease can be transmitted.
- To remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Pull straight up until the tick lets go and then wash the area with soap and water. Watch the area for redness and fever for several weeks. If these symptoms develop, see your doctor.
For information about Ticks and Lyme Disease go to http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/index.html
Enjoy spring and stay healthy!
Submitted by Suzanne M. Kehder, University Clinical Nurse, Student Health Services