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									                                dealing with
                                          TICKS
If you are going to be spending any time outdoors during                might not be able to take a bath or shower each day.
the Spring and Summer, it is important to learn to protect
you and your family from diseases that can be caused by                 Removing a Tick
ticks, including: (depending on the region of the world)                Once you find a tick, it is important to know how to remove
  ¤ Lyme disease                                                        it. The longer the tick stays attached, especially if it is longer
  ¤ Rocky Mountain spotted fever                                        than 48 hours, the more likely that you are going to get ill
  ¤ Babesiosis                                                          with something like Lyme disease etc.
  ¤ Ehrlichiosis
                                                                        To get ready to remove the tick, you should have:
  ¤ Q-fever
                                                                         P fine tweezers
  ¤ Southern tick-associated rash illness
                                                                         P gloves or a tissue so that you can avoid touching
  ¤ Tick-borne relapsing fever
                                                                                               the tick
  ¤ Tick-borne Encephalitis
                                                                                            P a small jar where you can put
  ¤ Tularemia
                                                                                               the       tick    (this    makes
  ¤ Colorado tick fever
                                                                                               identification easier in case you
Unfortunately, no matter how careful                                                           later get sick)
you are in trying to protect yourself                                                       P an antiseptic to clean the area
from tick bites, you may occasionally                                                          of the tick bite and your hands
find a tick and you will need to                                                               after you remove it
remove it.
                                                                                               Be sure to avoid making any jerking
Removing a tick quickly is important,                                                          or twisting movements as you pull it
because the longer it is attached, the                                                         out, or you may cause the tick’s head
more likely that you will get infected                                                         to break off.
with one of the tick borne illnesses
described above.                                                                            If you do notice that any part of the tick
                                                                        has remained embedded, be sure to obtain medical help to
Daily Tick checks                                                       get it out. As you pull the tick out, you should also avoid
You can try to protect yourself from tick bites by:                     squeezing the tick.
 P avoiding ticks when outdoors by sticking to trails,
   not sitting on the ground, and not walking in                        Things to Avoid
   grassy, brushy, or heavily wooded areas                              Remember to use a fine pointed blunt tweezer to remove a
 P wearing protective clothing,                                                            tick. You should not try to remove it
   including       light    coloured                                                       with your fingers.
   clothing (so you can see ticks
                                                                                              Also, when removing a tick, you
   crawling on you) and pants
                                                                                              should:
   that you can easily tuck into                                                              P avoid trying to burn the tick off
   their socks                                                                                  with a match
 P using an insect repellent with                                                             P not try to smother the tick with
   DEET (30% to 50%) on your                                                                    nail polish, vaseline, or other
   skin (ankles and knees                                                                       products
   mainly)                                                                                    P Don't forget to mention the tick
Daily Tick Check                                                                                bite to your doctor if you get
Just as importantly, you should                                                                 sick soon after getting bit by a
check for ticks after you have been                                                             tick, especially if within 1 or 2
outdoors in areas that are possibly infected with ticks. Be                                     weeks. Anything like a rash,
sure to check your ankles, behind your knees, your groin                    fever, chills, headache, fatigue, or swollen glands
region, hair line, axilla and around your waistline.                        may be important.
                                                                          P Do not leave the tick’s head stuck in your skin
Don’t forget to check other spots where a tick might go                   P Don't squeeze the tick as you try to remove it
unnoticed, such as between the legs, in the ears and also
inside their belly button. A daily tick check is especially              Adapted from:
important if you are on an extended camping trip and you                 http://pediatrics.about.com/od/safety/ss/05_tick_removal.htm
                 National Travel Vaccine Appointment Tel 1-850-48 76 74                     Web Address: www.tmb.ie
                                                                      P Aston Quay (USIT)
  This leaflet has been prepared using information supplied from W.H.O.                         P Grafton Street           P   Shannon
     Center for Disease Control (US) and other International sources. P Blanchardstown          P Inchicore                P   Sligo
 ü Travel Accessories                Dealingwithticks/TMB/23April2008 P Bray                    P Kerry                    P   Stillorgan
                                                                      P Clarehall               P Letterkenny              P   Tinahely
 ü Tropical Diagnostic Laboratory
 ü Tropical Disease Screening Centre
                                                                      P Cork                    P Limerick                 P   Walkinstown
 ü W.H.O. registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre
                                                                      P Dun Laoghaire           P Maynooth                 P   Waterford
 ü International Vaccination and Malaria Advice Centres
                                                                      P Galway                  P Naas
                                                                      P Gorey                   P Ongar

								
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