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The time for ticks is here

July 23, 2021

Do you know what to do if you’ve been bitten?

In the midst of a pandemic summer we are all spending so much time outside, but did you know that spending time in wooded areas or areas with tall grass and bushes may put you at risk of getting bitten by a tick?

Ticks are small insects that attach themselves to an animal’s skin by biting to feed on their blood.

How do I avoid tick bites?

You can reduce your risk of getting bitten by ticks with a few simple tips:

  • Covering up
    • Try wearing long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and covered shoes
    • Consider tucking your pants into your socks
  • Using insect repellent
    • Spraying clothes or exposed skin with insect repellent that includes DEET or icaridin helps repel ticks and other insects
  • Put clothes in the dryer
    • High heat can kill ticks, try drying your clothes for 10 minutes after being outside
  • Check for ticks after being outdoors
    • Having a shower after being outdoors can also help wash ticks away

How do I remove a tick?

If you find a tick attached to your body following the steps below can help you carefully remove the tick:

  • Use tweezers with a fine tip and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible
  • Firmly but gently pull the tick straight out
  • Wash your skin and hands with soap and water then disinfect your skin with alcohol or iodine
  • Put the tick into a container with a lid and contact your local public health unit

Make sure you do not crush or squeeze the tick when removing because it could pass the bacteria that causes Lyme disease to you.

After removing a tick it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

What is Lyme disease and what does it have to do with ticks?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borellia burgdorferi. Infected ticks carry this bacteria and can pass it to you when they bite you.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Symptoms of Lyme disease show up between 3 and 30 days from getting a tick bite.

Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Rash—a bull’s-eye shape, bruise-like, or unusual rash
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Spasms
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Facial paralysis

It is important to talk to a healthcare provider if you think you might have Lyme disease.

How do you treat Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is usually treated with antibiotics.

If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious problems with your joints, nervous system and heart.

Can someone at Pulse On Call help me?

Of course! Schedule an online doctors appointment and one of our team members will be happy to help. Our licensed Canadian physicians can help diagnose and can also provide prescriptions online.

If additional testing is required, our doctors will help find a nearby facility who can help carry out the test.

The best part? You can do it from the comfort of your own home or cottage and it’s free if you have OHIP coverage!

*Please Note:

Please note that all information within this posting is up-to-date at the time of publication.