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Ticks and Lyme Disease

Spring in Minnesota has finally arrived, and with it so have wood ticks.  Not all ticks carry but some can spread disease.  In Minnesota, deer ticks may spread Lyme Disease.  The Metro area in the state is currently listed as an area that is at a moderate risk level for coming in contact with deer ticks.    There are ways to prevent coming in contact with ticks.  Avoiding brushy areas completely will almost eliminate your chances of having a deer tick; however that is not always possible or preferred, especially as the weather becomes warmer and people want to enjoy the outdoors.  One way to prevent deer ticks is to walk in the center of trails to avoid brushing up against grass, etc.  Another way is to wear tick clothing to protect yourself.  You can wear long sleeves shirts, pants and tuck your pants into your socks.  Also, wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot.  Wearing a good tick repellent can also help.  Products containing DEET in concentrations up to 30 percent are safe for children according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  When you are out in the woods, check for ticks frequently.  Ticks must be attached to you for 1 to 2 days before they can transmit the Lyme Disease bacteria. 

 

If you do find a tick on you, use a pair of tweezers and grasp the tick firmly by the head.  Pull the tick outwards slowly, gently and steadily and then clean the bite with antiseptic.  Three to 30 days after a deer tick bite you should watch from some of all of the following symptoms:  a ring-like rash, fever, chills, headache, fatigue and muscle aches.  If any of these symptoms occur, you should see a doctor to determine the next course of action. 

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