As the summer arrived, the threat of ticks is here as well. Scientists warned the citizens of New Hampshire because the mild winter and the dry spring were the ideal conditions to set the stage for a dangerous tick season.
New Hampshire is already known as being one of the places where Lyme disease made the most casualties. Furthermore, Lyme disease was labeled as a critical public threat by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Children who are 5 to 14 years old are the most important part of the audience for as they need to be educated through the Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan.
During this summer, patients from the Hospital, Urgent Care, and the Primary Care Practices will receive colorful snap bracelets and informational cards regarding ticks. They are free and designed for children as well.
Plus, people named them the ‘tick watches’ and are capable of detecting two types of ticks during night scans, the American dog tick, and the blacklegged tick. The second one, also known as the deer tick, can carry a few types of bacteria and illnesses dangerous for humans, such as Lyme disease.
According to Joseph Mangum, Physician Assistant at CMC Urgent Care in Bedford, families are urged to do their best to avoid getting infected with Lyme disease. It’s no need to spend the summer on the couch, but because the tick population has critically increased, all the necessary precautions need to be taken.
Experts advise people to stick to some ground rules to avoid getting bitten this summer. The first rule would be to avoid long grass and thick bushes which are most of the times home for ticks. Second, people should use 20%-30% DEET repellant. Then you should always make a body check before ticks bite you.
Nevertheless, should you find a tick on your body, remove and properly dispose of it. Anyone who is concerned about a bite, especially if you feel sick or see around the bite a bulls-eye rash, make a quick appointment to your doctor or Urgent Care. Plus, regular visits to the doctor are even better.
The risk of infection increases depending on how long the thick stayed on the host, especially if 36 hours have passed. Antibiotics are used to decrease the risk of tick-borne illness if the bite is analyzed by a doctor within 72 hours. Urgent Care and Primary Care provider can do this analysis regarding ticks.
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