clock July 1, 2013 comments No Comments flowchart Family & Home CareOur Blog tag HealthPets

Living in the Northeast, it is quite probable that you have encountered a tick or two in your life.  Those creepy little suckers tend to pop up when you least expect it and attach themselves to your pets or even you.  Rhode Island is well known for its Black Legged Deer ticks, Lonestar ticks, and American Dog ticks.

As of Memorial Day, ticks have been spotted on numerous occasions and are now in the peak of their season.  Deer ticks are the most prominent in the area.  Preventing tick bites is important to stop the spread of diseases that ticks carry such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

If you spot a tick on yourself, a loved one or a pet it is important to remove it as quickly as possible.  The best way to remove a tick is to use tweezers.  Grasp the tick as close to the skin as you possibly can and pull it out steadily and quickly without twisting or turning it.  You want to avoid leaving any of the mouth parts in the skin.  Once you have removed the tick, clean the area, your hands and the tweezers with soap and water.

You may have heard of other ways to remove ticks that seem easier or less invasive.  However, those remedies that involve suffocating or burning the tick are not effective in getting the tick out quickly.  They let the tick release itself on its own which also causes it to release more saliva.  Removing with tweezers is much more effective.

Keep an eye on the area where the tick was attached to make sure it does not get infected or form a rash.  One of the symptoms of Lyme disease is a bull’s-eye shaped rash surrounding the tick site.  If you see any type of rash or have any other symptoms you think may be related to a tick bite, see your doctor.